Unless Paul Nicholls' French recruit Jump City or Venetia Williams' Rajeeva, another import from France, are special this should be no problem for SMAD PLACE. Alan King's juvenile made a spectacular start to his career in this country with a facile victory over Nicholls' hot-pot Dolatulo at Newbury and showed the value of that success with a cracking effort in the Grade 1 Future Champions Finale Hurdle at Chepstow last month. None of the remainder have remotely similar level of form and this should prove a nice preliminary for Cheltenham where he's in the Triumph Hurdle and the Neptune Investment Novice Hurdle.
Aragall (GER) 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, hampered and left 2nd at 2nd, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Present To You (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Dont Worry 100-1 (10-9) Jumped poorly in rear, struggling 3rd, tailed off 5th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Listenlook (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft, 15 ran.
Hawkaller 7-1 (10-13) Prominent, went 2nd after 3rd, not fluent 2 out, 3rd when hit last, no extra and demoted to 4th close home, 4th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Furrows (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Haydens Mount 250-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, lost place 4th, not fluent next, soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Mic's Delight (11-8) at Leicester 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy.
History Lesson 28-1 (10-12) In rear, slowed up and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Highland Valley (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov, 13 ran.
Jump City (FR) (9-2) 9th of 17, 4l behind Farhan (8-9) at Maisons-laffitte(FR) 1m 3f 3yo hcp sft in Jun '09 (flat).
Rageon (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 7th, soon behind, tailed off 9th, pulled up after, in a race won by Old Wigmore (10-7) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Rajeeva (IRE) (8-11) last of 3, 2l behind Unknown 1st (8-11) at Le Pin Du Haras(FR) 1m 3f 3yo stks in Oct (flat).
Salto Des Mottes (FR) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden and weakened after 4 out, last of 18, well behind A Bridge Too Far (11-4) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Sanctuary 33-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 3rd, rallied 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 8, 44l behind Sprinter Sacre (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Tenitemsplustoast 100-1 (10-13) Pulled hard tracking leaders, led after 3f, headed over 7f out, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, well behind Divine Folly (10-13) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gs in Jan.
Victory Bay 150-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear and keen, weakened before 6th, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Shammick Boy (11-10) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Smad Place (FR) 9-4 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway to challenge 4 out, outpaced next, ridden before 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Marsh Warbler (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Jan.
Fran's Folly 100-1 (10-3) Chased clear pair in 3rd, not fluent 1st, weakened from 6th, 9th of 13, well behind Shammick Boy (11-10) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Admission 20-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, weakened quickly soon after, tailed off, 10th of 13, 46l behind Gibb River (11-12) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Rare Symphony (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Mid-division, hit 3rd, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 13th of 16, 44l behind Tony Star (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.