Last month's Fakenham scorer MAKARI gets 7lb from dual C&D winner Robbie and that should be enough for Nicky Henderson's gelding to double his tally over hurdles. He's also much preferred to the frustrating Crystal Swing while Listen And Learn was well beaten on his hurdling debut at Wincanton and may need more time. My Inheritance could go well, however as he looked a decent prospect in bumper wins at Ffos Las and Newbury before finding the company too hot in a Grade 2 at Aintree in the spring. He probably has more scope than Minella For Party and the others.
Robbie 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged approaching 5th, led before last, ridden out (no time taken), won at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Latest Trend (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Makari 9-4fav (10-12) In touch, tracked leader 3 out, every chance and hit next, led between last two, ridden and ran on, won at Fakenham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Jameel (10-9) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Crystal Swing 8-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 14, 31l behind Master Of The Game (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) gs in May.
D'Argent Cloud 25-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 9th of 12, 36l behind Empiracle (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Drishogue Lad (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, struggling 6th, no chance with leaders, tailed off, unseated rider last, in a race won by Cosmic Wonder (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Aug, 5 ran.
Jawbreaker (IRE) Catcher In The Rye gelding out of Alpine Lady.
Listen And Learn (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, weakened 2 out, 9th of 13, 19l behind Kings Flagship (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Minella For Party (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 17, 13l behind Southfield Theatre (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
My Inheritance (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 8f out, weakened 3f out, 15th of 19, well behind The New One (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Yellow Duke (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, led, clear after 6th until 8th, headed before 9th, soon lost place, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Sovereign Spirit (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct, 13 ran.
Realta Mo Croi (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) In rear, mistake 1st, well behind 5th, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Young Victoria (10-10) at Worcester 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.