It will take a good performance to lower the colours of BROADWAY BUFFALO, who was hugely impressive when making a winning start to his hurdles career at Ayr. He should have too much for Heronshaw, who is also unbeaten under Rules but only won by a head at Ludlow - the second has been beaten since. I Shot The Sheriff won at Wetherby in October but was pulled up in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham the following month and hasn't been seen since. He's the stable's second string on jockey bookings. Venetia Williams' Mr Steel makes his racecourse debut and faces a stiff task.
Broadway Buffalo (IRE) 8-11fav (11-3) Tracked leader, led 3 out, clear before 2 out, easily, won at Newcastle 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy beating Firth Of The Clyde (11-3) by 17l, 11 ran.
Heronshaw (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden before 3 out, chased clear leader 3 out, 5 lengths down and ridden last, closed flat, stayed on to lead post, won at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan beating Sausalito Sunrise (11-5) by hd, 15 ran.
I Shot The Sheriff (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Mid-division in touch, headway on inside approaching 3 out, lost place quickly when pulled up after next, in a race won by Coneygree (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (1) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Brave Buck 80-1 (10-7) With leader, led 3rd, headed 6th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Two Rockers (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Mr Steel (IRE) Alamshar gelding out of Wigwam Mam.
Westerly Breeze (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) Mid-division, headway on outside over 6f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 19l behind Alphabetical Order (10-9) at Lingfield 2m mdn n h flat (6) std in Dec.
Lady Sinatra 25-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 7l behind Hollow Penny (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.