A very interesting finale as a number of these should go on to better things once they gain experience. God Of The Kop's third at Chepstow looks the best hurdles form on offer but that was over 3m. Bygones Sovereign hasn't raced since being beaten at odds-on at Towcester in January while point-to-point winner Kaki De La Pree has his first start under Rules after more than a year on the sidelines. It's not easy to defy a penalty in a bumper but PUFFIN BILLY achieved that feat at Ascot at the start of the month when Hell's Spirit was back in fourth. Oliver Sherwood's four-year-old looks a nice prospect over hurdles and may be the one to beat if handling the obstacles.
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 8-13fav (11-4) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, stayed on flat, no impression, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Native Beauty (10-11) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Foundation Man (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, ridden next, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 24l behind Kaysersberg (10-9) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs.
God Of The Kop (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway 4 out, went 3rd before last, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Desert Joe (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Hand On Bach (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Prominent, every chance 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 10, 2l behind Ourmanmassini (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs.
Hell's Spirit (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, plugged on again inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 12l behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Kaki De La Pree (FR) 3-1 (11-7) Mid div, 6th gng well 5out, cl 2nd 2out, ld sn aftr last & row to go clr flat, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gs in Nov '11 beating Kilsheelin (11-7) by 1l, 13 ran.
King Spirit (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Went left start, made all, driven clear over 2f out, ran on strongly, impressive, won at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft beating Be Bop Boru (11-2) by 10l, 9 ran.
Leeroar (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Always in rear, behind from 5th, last of 9, well behind Golden Hoof (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Lydstep Point 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 2nd, well beaten 5th, tailed off, last of 9, well behind At Fishers Cross (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
On The Money 40-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden and lost place 8f out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Karazhan (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Prolinx (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Behind, headway approaching 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 8th of 16, 35l behind Carrigmorna King (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Puffin Billy (IRE) 13-8fav (11-7) Held up in last pair, smooth headway 6f out, tracked leaders on bit over 3f out, led over 2f out, pushed clear final furlong, unextended, won at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gs beating Lord Protector (11-0) by 9l, 10 ran.
Sound Investment (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, every chance over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 14, 15l behind Broadway Buffalo (11-7) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.