CIRCUS STAR hit form with a vengeance last month. He made all at Hexham before an even more impressive victory at Wetherby on Boxing Day. John Dixon's charge could take some stopping despite a hike in the weights. At the other end of the weights, Nautical Twilight has a shout after going close over track and trip two weeks ago. She's preferred to Lysino, upped in class after making the frame over these hurdles last time. Sam Lord is another to consider off his current mark but Spanish Fleet was still beaten a distance despite finishing third at Carlisle recently.
Circus Star (USA) 8-1 (10-6) Made all, unchallenged, easily, won at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec beating Desgrey (11-5) by 12l, 11 ran.
Pertemps Networks 50-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, under pressure 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 29l behind Leviathan (11-6) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Sam Lord 12-5fav (11-6) Led, headed narrowly after 3 out, carried left next, kept on and every chance when hit last, one pace flat, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Light The City (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Lysino (GER) 9-2fav (11-12) Soon tracked leaders, in touch on outside 4th, challenged 3 out, every chance when not fluent next, ridden before last, kept on flat, closed on winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Rhymers Stone (11-4) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Call Of Duty (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Held up behind in touch, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, last of 9, well behind Light The City (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Leroy Parker (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway before 9 out, ridden and weakened 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Sharney Sike (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.
Spanish Fleet 20-1 (10-5) Close up, ridden 6th, went remote 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Vice Et Vertu (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Badea 12-1 (10-12) In rear, ridden 6 out, outpaced next, 4th of 6, 29l behind Vice Et Vertu (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Nautical Twilight 15-2 (10-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd and challenged after 4 out, every chance last, ridden and kept on flat, just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Sparkling Hand (10-6) at Newcastle 2m (4) sft in Dec.