BOURNE won three times on the Flat and looked a really nice prospect when beating subsequent dual winner Into Wain at Catterick on his hurdling debut. He disappointed at Musselburgh next time but can get back to winning ways. Hada Men ran quite well on his hurdling bow at Wetherby and has completed a hat-trick on the all-weather since. He's obviously in great heart and must be considered along with Spiekeroog, who has improved since well beaten by Bourne at Catterick, and Mica Mika, a very consistent performer on the level who won a juvenile event at Wetherby.
Bourne 7-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 4 out, no chance with leading pair from next, 3rd of 6, 20l behind Kaolak (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Jan.
Hada Men (USA) 125-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, blundered and lost place from 8th, kept on from after 3 out, no impression, 5th of 9, 11l behind Ockey De Neulliac (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f 4yo clm hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Manahej (USA) 28-1 (11-6) Towards rear, headway 4th, weakened after 3 out, 11th of 16, well behind Star In Flight (11-6) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Raggios Boy 66-1 (10-5) Held up in last pair, some headway under pressure on long run between last 2, went poor 3rd before last, kept on, no chance with winner, 3rd of 8, 21l behind Bury Parade (11-2) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Spiekeroog 7-1 (11-4) In touch on inside, headway 3 out, chased winner before next, outpaced between last, no chance in clear 2nd when eased flat, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Vulcanite (11-4) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Spirit of A Nation (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden and struggling in rear before 5th, tailed off, 7th of 12, 49l behind Poole Master (11-7) at Lingfield 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Thurnham 9-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway over 5f out, stayed on from over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Jukebox Melody (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gs in Jan '11.
Mica Mika (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) In touch, headway 4 out, led before next, hard pressed next, soon ridden, edged right and kept on flat, won at Wetherby 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Cadore (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Luccombe Chine 50-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, went 5th from 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 10, well behind Cue To Cue (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Copt Hill 50-1 (8-12) Dwelt, ran green behind and early reminder, struggling halfway, 7th of 8, well behind El Torbellino (8-12) at Newcastle 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep '10 (flat).