Laughing Jack looks sure to be winning over hurdles sooner rather than later judged on his debut at Warwick when beaten only a length in third. However, MICA MIKA's second at Kelso in October looks stronger form as the winner, Kie, has scored again since and Richard Fahey's charge gets the nod. Artisan was sent off favourite at Huntingdon for his first attempt at hurdling but could only manage third. He should be in the mix once again, while Cadore, a maiden on the Flat, has joined Lucinda Russell and is worth keeping an eye on for the future.
Artisan 7-4fav (10-12) Held up in rear, hampered 5th, headway before 3 out, chased leading pair before next, stayed on to dispute 2nd last, no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Alfraamsey (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Cadore (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out, 12th of 13, well behind Brigadoon (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct (flat).
Chippy 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 4th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 14, 42l behind Brilliant Barca (10-9) at Warwick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Coax 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outer, headway to chase leaders before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 12, 43l behind Chadford (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Jawahal Du Mathan (FR) 12-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, jumped very slow 1st, not fluent 4th, hampered 4 out, some headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 23l behind Ulis De Vassy (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) hvy.
Laughing Jack 8-1 (10-9) Pulled hard, led, hit 1st, not fluent 4th, mistake 3 out, ridden when went left 2 out, went left and headed last, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Brilliant Barca (10-9) at Warwick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Mica Mika (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway 4th, chased winner 3 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 10, 13l behind Kie (10-9) at Kelso 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Minkie Moon (IRE) 150-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden 3 out, soon beaten, 5th of 7, 35l behind Royal Opera (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs.
Oliver's Gold 7-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along, towards rear, headway to mid-division on inside halfway, headway over 2f out, chased leading pair inside final 2f, driven to 2nd over 1f out, no chance with unchallenged winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Mystic Edge (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul (flat).
Somerset Island (IRE) 80-1 (9-3) Towards rear and pushed along, weakened 3f out, last of 10, 39l behind Pearl Arch (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep '10 (flat).
Diamond Fay (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, wandered badly approaching 3rd and unseated rider, in a race won by Dubawi Dancer (10-12) at Doncaster 2m juv flls mdn hdl (5) gd, 11 ran.
Ocean Bluff (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) In rear, struggling from 4th, went remote 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, well behind Unknown Rebel (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Sister Sioux (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, jumped right and mistake, unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Dubawi Dancer (10-12) at Doncaster 2m juv flls mdn hdl (5) gd, 11 ran.
Willow's Wish 50-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, outpaced 4f out, 6th of 8, 43l behind Mediterranean Sea (9-12) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov (flat).