If I Had Him showed a modicum of promise on his debut over timber but is quickly dropped into this grade which rates a concern, and he's taken on with CRUCHAIN. Jonjo O'Neill's charge was well backed before disappointing at Sandown when last seen but this represents a markedly easier test and on his previous Huntingdon win he'd go close with ground conditions ideal. Dark Energy caught the eye three starts back when given a tender ride but was readily brushed aside at Ludlow, albeit by a subsequent winner. With that in mind Border Castle, whose best form would wipe the floor with these, is considered the biggest threat. However, he refused to race when last seen and, having been pulled-up prior to that, has something to prove now.
Dark Energy 7-4 (11-8) Held up mid-division in 4th, chased winner and hit 3 out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 19l behind Tayarat (11-8) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (5) gs.
Cruchain (IRE) 9-2fav (11-6) Chased leaders, led after 3 out, soon headed and weakened, 7th of 12, 18l behind Cheshire Prince (11-4) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Bless My Soul 10-1 (12-0) (cp) (tt) jb in rr; to & pu last, in a race won by Master Flight (12-0) at Larkhill 3m ptp gd in Mar, 10 ran.
Border Castle 25-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, jumped slow 1st and lost place, in rear and soon pushed along, reminders 3rd, detached when refused 7th, in a race won by Sway (9-11) at Ludlow 2m beg chs (4) gs, 6 ran.
Cortinas (GER) 11-4 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, headway 9th, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching next, mistake last, 4th of 6, 31l behind Kilkenny All Star (11-7) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Cridda Boy 100-1 (10-12) Hampered 3rd, always in rear, 10th of 18, 42l behind Dare Me (11-4) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) sft.
If I Had Him (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Prominent, not fluent 7th, led after next, hit 9th, headed 3 out, blundered and weakened 2 out, 4th of 13, 21l behind Educated Evans (10-11) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Lethal Gun (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Raced keenly, led after 1st until after next, in touch, lost place when not much room bend after 4th, soon behind, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Organisateur (11-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
May Boy 80-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, jumped slowly 4th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Prince Pippin (10-5) at Plumpton 2m nov clm hdl (5) gd in Nov '09, 9 ran.
Operachy 66-1 (10-12) In touch on outside, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Organisateur (11-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Supernoverre (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, tailed off and pulled before 3 out, in a race won by Court Red Handed (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct, 17 ran.
Stir On The Sea (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 4th until next, weakened 6th, soon behind, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Kylenoe Fairy (11-1) at Folkestone 2m 1f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (3) hvy.
Try Cat 25-1 (11-8) Made most until 2 out, soon beaten, 10th of 15, 22l behind Detroit Red (11-8) at Taunton 2m 3f mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.