Pogue continues to frustrate and may have to undertake a supporting role again as his yard struggles for winners. Hey Bud will have needed November’s comeback run but there was more promise in Shanroe Tic Tec’s fourth here last month and he’s preferred to Iron Horse, beaten 30 lengths when second at Ffos Las on his return to action and also tackling fences for the first time. Massini Man was second at Southwell and will also strip fitter today. DESTINED TO SHINE was placed at Bangor on his second run over the larger obstacles. Dropped 2lb since, he can come good today.
Hey Bud 12-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, mistake last, weakened flat, 9th of 13, 20 3/4l behind Midnight Midge (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Iron Horse 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led before 2nd, headed approaching omitted 3 out, weakened before last, 2nd of 5, 30l behind Air Horse One (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Court Dreaming (IRE) 7-1 (12-3) Towards rear, went poor 4th post, never on terms, 4th of 8, 10 1/2l behind Espoir De Loire (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Shanroe Tic Tec (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, outpaced 2 out, plugged on again run-in, 4th of 11, 13l behind Gunnery (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 1f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Pogue (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd or 3 out, chased winner 2 out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 7, 3 1/4l behind Almazhar Garde (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Massini Man 8-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, went 3rd before 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Katpoli (11-4) at Southwell 2m hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Destined To Shine (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 3rd until 4th, 2nd again after 3 out until after 2 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 9, 20 1/2l behind Zolfo (11-12) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Lough Har (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Prominent, led 4 out, soon headed, led before 3 out, headed after 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 16, 13 1/2l behind Garry Clermont (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn (4) sft in Nov.
Est Illic (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Bit keen, always last, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, hung left and weakened before next, 4th of 5, 15 1/4l behind Knight In Dubai (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f (4) gs in Dec.
Not Going Out (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) In touch, headway 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 20 3/4l behind Aweeminit (11-3) at Wincanton 1m 7f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Little Stevie 18-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 4 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 32l behind High Noon (11-1) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Jan.