Duaiseoir hasn't taken to fences and is best watched after refusing twice in a row. Valid Point won four times here over hurdles and this looks a lot easier than the novice chase he contested at Uttoxeter in November. But he didn't jump very well and hasn't been seen since. HEADLY'S BRIDGE won a novices' handicap by 19 lengths on his debut over the larger obstacles. He looks a natural over fences and has to be backed to double his tally here, despite carrying a penalty. Ata Boy has yet to show much ability in either bumpers or hurdles.
Headly's Bridge (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, headway 9th, chased leaders in 3rd next, led 3 out, over 1 length ahead and going strongly when left clear 2 out, very easily, won at Newbury 2m 2f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy beating Smart Money (10-10) by 19l, 8 ran.
Ata Boy (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, weakened 3 out, last of 10, 36l behind Kozmina Bay (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Duaiseoir (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, jumped left and slowly 1st, outpaced from 5th, jumped left and well beaten from 7th, refused last, in a race won by Shotavodka (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) sft in Feb, 5 ran.
Valid Point (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, some headway 4 out, never on terms, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 8, 44l behind Milborough (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m nov chs (4) sft in Dec.