MY BROTHER SYLVEST had slipped down the weights since his win in September last year and took advantage at Exeter last Tuesday. He made all to trounce the opposition and looks to be getting off lightly with a only a 7lb penalty here. Heir To Be scored over C&D recently but the veteran hurdler will do well to follow up raised 9lb, though Great Esteem looks a threat having finished a creditable fourth in better company at Plumpton in September. Parazar will need to step up on his latest run in a Newton Abbot seller and Vicpol also needs to find a bit more despite finishing second over these hurdles on his latest start.
My Brother Sylvest 13-8 (10-13) Made all, ridden clear approaching 3 out, hit last, eased towards finish, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) fm beating Run Along Boy (11-12) by 31l, 3 ran.
Great Esteem (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Took keen hold, held up in rear, some headway 6th, well outpaced next, staying on when not clear run and hampered flat, kept on well closing stages, no chance with winner, but not recover, 4th of 9, 9l behind Mr Harmoosh (10-12) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Sep.
Parazar (FR) 20-1 (11-6) Held up, ridden and outpaced 3 out, plugged on from 2 out, 4th of 9, 16l behind American Art (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f sell hdl (5) gd.
Heir To Be 13-2 (11-10) Chased leader, narrow lead after 3 out, clear before last, edged right flat, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf beating Highland River (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Tribal Dance (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden 9th, mistake 3 out, soon well held, 4th of 7, 21l behind Black Tor Figarro (10-11) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (3) gf in Apr.
Orion Express 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling before 4 out,, 8th of 15, 24l behind Sentimentaljourney (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Vicpol (ITY) 2-1 (10-12) Ran in snatches and pushed along in places, tracked leader, led narrowly approaching 5th, joined 3 out, kept slight advantage until headed under pressure 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 3, 2 3/4l behind Captain Dash (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
One And All (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Prominent, led after 3rd until 5th, led 6th until approaching 7th, weakened 9th, tailed off, 14th of 17, well behind Only Witness (11-2) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Sep.
Wise Hawk 12-1 (10-1) Towards rear, hit 4 out, headway to mid-divison, approaching 4 out, no impression next, left poor 5th 2 out, 5th of 12, 48l behind Black Phantom (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Always Cruising (USA) 14-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway 5th, slow and ridden 7th, weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Heir To Be (11-10) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Drummers Drumming (USA) 4-1fav (10-10) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, blundered 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 12, 17l behind Lukeys Luck (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.