A bumper winner in France, Tony Star got off the mark on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon on his first start for Philip Hobbs and he could prove a useful recruit. However, he'll need to show rapid improvement to get the better of KID CASSIDY. The latter won a bumper and his hurdling debut at this course and found only the smart Hildisvini too good on soft ground at Sandown last time. He can return to winning ways in this company. Current Event was a disappointing favourite on his hurdling bow at Aintree but should be capable of better in time, while both Fontano and Katchmore should go well without being good enough.
Kid Cassidy (IRE) 8-11fav (11-9) Raced freely, led, hanging left and rider on one rein from 5th, still hanging left when narrowly headed 2 out, held when hit last, found nil flat, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Hildisvini (11-2) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Cheney Manor 9-2 (10-13) Took keen hold, soon prominent, chased winner 6th, mistake 2 out, no impression last, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 15, 13l behind Radetsky March (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Fontano (FR) 7-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, chased leaders on outer approaching 4th, joined winner 3 out, challenged when blundered 2 out, upsides winner when slightly hampered last, not quicken run-in, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind First In The Queue (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gs.
Keepthebooton (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division on inside, pushed along 4th, behind from next, 10th of 11, well behind Whoops A Daisy (11-0) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Only Witness (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Always behind, 9th of 11, 27l behind Topolski (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Surf And Turf (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, shaken up in 7th soon after, no impression, well beaten approaching 3 out, 8th of 15, 45l behind Arthur's Pass (11-1) at Ludlow 2m nov hdl (4) gd.
Katchmore (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Made all, clear after 2 out, ran on strongly, pushed out, won at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Tenby Jewel (11-1) by 9l, 6 ran.
Tony Star (FR) 13-2 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, mistake 1st, headway 3rd, challenged 3 out, led just after 2 out, mistake last, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gs in Jan beating Paintball (10-12) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Current Event (FR) 5-6fav (10-7) Held up mid-division, hampered by loose horse 2nd, headway to track leaders 4 out, driven and outpaced approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 13, 29l behind Midnight Opera (11-1) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.