TORNADO BOB was beaten 15 lengths by Kid Cassidy on his hurdling debut at Newbury but the winner is held in high regard and a repeat of that performance would probably see Donald McCain's runner go one better here. Herdsman will be a danger as he's sure to have had plenty of schooling, though it was disappointing that he couldn't confirm Aintree bumper form with Charminster at Haydock last month. Wood Yer is open to improvement but was beaten a long way when last of two finishers in a little race at Perth and more interesting is Jan Jandura, who was second in a bumper over this trip at Roscommon in May and has won over 3m between the flags.
Brainwave (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Mallusk (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov '09.
Crabbies Court 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leader and keen, weakened from 3f out, last of 5, 36l behind Priceless Art (11-0) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std.
Herdsman (IRE) 8-11fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, effort when not clear run over 3f out, headway to chase leader over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure, no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Charminster (11-0) at Haydock 2m NH flat (3) gs in Nov.
Jan Jandura (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 6f out, 3rd and hung left from 3f out, well held by front pair, 3rd of 7, 25l behind Poole Master (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Lindengrove 100-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, led until after 1st, prominent, weakened 3 out, 6th of 11, 35l behind Mossley (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Monty's Revenge (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, lost place 6th, soon struggling, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Jay J (10-9) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Murfreesboro 10-1 (10-12) Soon in rear, reminders 4th, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up before 5th, in a race won by Tayarat (11-8) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Saffron Lord 66-1 (11-0) Jumped badly right 1st and again when mistake next, behind when went right 3rd, modest 7th 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Old Wigmore (10-7) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Tanwood Boy (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, weakened next, 12th of 16, well behind Prince Of Pirates (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd.
Tornado Bob (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Chased leading pair, went 2nd after 4 out, led and blundered 3 out, went left 2 out, headed soon after, hung left and lost 2nd between last 2, 3rd and hampered last, rallied under strong pressure to regain well held 2nd flat, 2nd of 15, 15l behind Kid Cassidy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Wood Yer (IRE) 3-1 (10-10) Held up in rear in 4th, left tracking leader on paddock bend after 2nd, led briefly on paddock bend after 7th until tried to run out, chased winner, beaten after next, 2nd of 4, 40l behind Supercede (11-4) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Sep.