Already a winner of a point-to-point and a bumper, THE SKYFARMER made a winning debut over timber at Newton Abbot on his reappearance. It's difficult to see any of the opposition lowering his colours in this and Philip Hobbs' charge can shrug off a penalty and go in again. Elmore Back and Presenting The Way have been placed in bumpers and make their hurdling bows. They'll be hoping to do better than the likes of Badger Wood and Famousandfearless, both well beaten over timber so far. Very Noble produced a better effort at Wincanton on his first start over obstacles and looks the main threat to the selection.
The Skyfarmer 10-11fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway before 4 out and going well, soon led, not fluent 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct beating Back In June (10-12) by 4l, 6 ran.
Badger Wood 33-1 (10-13) Alwyas towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Andy Kelly (10-10) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Baksheesh 18-1 (10-8) In rear, lost touch 5f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Another Hero (10-13) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Bandol (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Mid-division on inside, lost place halfway, soon behind, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Zulu Oscar (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Elmore Back (IRE) 11-4fav (10-2) Mid-division on outside, headway 5f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Four Shuck Men (11-0) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Famousandfearless (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Hit 1st, always towards rear, struggling and no chance when went badly left 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 13, 40l behind Irving (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd.
Forrardon Xmoor 100-1 (10-12) Hampered 1st, towards rear, some headway into mid-division after 4th, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, slightly hampered last, 9th of 16, 37l behind Going Concern (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Prasina Russata (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Led and pulled hard, headed halfway, soon weakened, tailed off over 5f out, 6th of 8, well behind Western High (10-7) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec '11.
Presenting The Way 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leader, hard ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 4th of 11, 29l behind Urban Hymn (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs.
The Wealerdealer (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Towards rear, never involved, 7th of 13, 18l behind Irving (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd.
Very Noble (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, soon chased leaders, kept on same pace, never on terms, 5th of 11, 14l behind Amore Alato (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs.
Party Girls (FR) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leader and keen, weakened over 4f out, 7th of 13, 41l behind Rouquine Sauvage (10-9) at Fontwell 1m 6f mares n h flat (6) sft in Oct.