Cogry took a while to find his feet over hurdles but looks capable of going on to better things judged on his defeat of Saffron Wells, who has been placed in stronger company since, and favourite Come On Laurie at Leicester. But, on a line through the runner-up, he has a bit to find with the unexposed COUNT DANILO who had plenty in hand when scoring on his hurdling debut at Fakenham. Pink Gin's Towcester victory has been franked while Super Lunar is one to watch for future reference having shown ability in point-to-points. Spring Steel ran well for a long way at Doncaster last month and looks the pick of the remainder.
Cogry 6-4 (11-5) Held up in touch on outside, jumped left 2nd, ridden and led before 2 out, hung right final 100 yards, all out, won at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Saffron Wells (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Count Danilo (IRE) 10-11fav (11-0) Made all, jumped path approaching 1st, clear when jumped same path again approaching 5th, pushed along before 2 out, driven and in command before last, unchallenged, won at Fakenham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec beating Saffron Wells (10-11) by 6l, 4 ran.
Pink Gin 12-1 (11-4) Led, ridden before and mistake 2 out, headed 2 out, 2 lengths down staying on when left in lead and clear last, won at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Ampleforth (11-4) by 6l, 11 ran.
A Keen Sense (GER) 50-1 (11-2) Towards rear, plugged on from 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 13, 22l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (11-8) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.
Georgie Lad (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Led 1st until not fluent 3rd, mistake 4th, weakened after 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Andy Kelly (10-10) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct, 14 ran.
I'm A Rocker (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leader, joined winner 3 out, ridden and veered left before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, well behind Mohawk Ridge (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Spring Steel (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Led, headed before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on, 4th of 18, 20l behind Pearl Castle (10-7) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Super Lunar (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Ld, strongly 2out, hdd app str, no extra run-in, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Themanfrom Minella (11-7) at Templemore 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Vineman 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, well beaten final 2f, 5th of 9, 24l behind Son Of Suzie (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.