GLENARY is the tentative selection to win this handicap hurdle after a winning seasonal debut for which he is now 10lb higher. Formerly trained by Henry Daly, Glenary was forced to race from 4lb out of the handicap at Aintree but that proved no inconvenience to Sue Smith's charge who galloped on resolutely. Testing conditions seem to be key to Glenary's chances and today's conditions will be in his favour. Dangers to Glenary include Nothingbutthetruth, Kentucky Boy and Harrison's Star. The first mentioned was set a stiff task in contesting an introductory hurdle following his maiden success achieved on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter. Kentucky Boy made a pleasing return to hurdling last time out, staying on to take the runner-up spot behind the progressive Dan Buoy. The three year old Harrison's Flyer might be vulnerable on this ground given the fact this is as long a trip as he has tackled. Any market confidence behind the Tim Easterby pair of Bridging Loan and Admiral Savannah should be noted but Glenary is selected to win it.
Glenary (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, led 4 out, driven next, stayed on to draw clear flat, won at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) hvy in Nov beating Manadam (11-5) by 8l, 16 ran.
Nothingbutthetruth (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Led, hit 3 out, soon hung right, headed 2 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Moves Goodenough (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Ciara Eile (IRE) 28-1 (10-8) In touch, ridden after 3 out, weakening when not fluent 2 out, 7th of 11, 10l behind Zahra's Place (11-1) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Nov.
Karlani (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, struggling approaching 8th, tailed off when pulled up 4 out in race won by Teenando (9-12) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) hvy in Oct, 10 ran.
Capybara (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 3 out, ridden, one pace from next, 4th of 10, 15l behind Aces Four (11-6) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (3) gf in Apr '06.
Kentucky Boy (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, led approaching 3 out, headed approaching last, one pace, 2nd of 10, 11l behind Dan Buoy (11-1) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Braddock Island 20-1 (10-11) Chased leaders to 3 out, weakened next, 9th of 14, 47l behind Classic Moon (11-0) at Perth 2m nh mdn hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Bridging Loan 28-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 8, 21l behind Calin Royal (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nh mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Admiral Savannah (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, effort between last 2, weakened flat, 9th of 17, 17l behind Box Wallah (11-2) at Kelso 2m 6f cnd hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Oct.
Harrison's Star 13-2 (10-12) Led, headed 4th, led again approaching 6th, ridden approaching 2 out, headed approaching last, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Pemberton (10-9) at Hexham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Quay Meadow (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 16, 21l behind Sexy Rexy (11-11) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Nov.
Luce Bay 66-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Jane Doe (10-10) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Nov, 17 ran.
Youluckyman (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, 9th of 14, well behind Miss Tarantella (9-11) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
Indian Storm (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Always behind, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Bonnie Rock (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.