Only two finished in the race won by BLUE MONDAY at Hereford but he’s been quite lightly raced so may have more to offer. Winning hurdler Strictlyadancer could be a danger as he was second in this grade at Southwell in November. Two Sams, a winning pointer, has only had one run over fences so far but Lingfield scorer Touch Screen has raced 16 times over the larger obstacles. Our Uncle Pat was placed four times in the autumn but it looks like Olly Murphy has run out of patience with the nine-year-old, who is now 0-13 in career starts, and stablemate Robin De Broome may have stronger claims.
Strictlyadancer (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, jumped badly left 4 out, weakened before next, 7th of 12, 16l behind From The Heart (11-6) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Our Uncle Pat (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Held up in touch, driven to chase leaders after 3 out, soon ridden, never going pace to challenge, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 10, 23 3/4l behind Timely Gift (10-10) at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Two Sams (IRE) 6-5fav (10-9) Towards rear, tailed off and pulled up after 7th, at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Blue Monday (IRE) 5-4fav (10-0) Chased leaders, led before 2 out, hard driven, all out, won at Hereford 2m 5f hcp (5) hvy in Dec beating The Brothers (11-12) by 9l, 5 ran.
Touch Screen (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, behind 7th, reminder after 9th, headway chasing leaders after 4 out, went 2nd and challenging next, ridden to lead run-in, joined post, won at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp (5) hvy in Jan beating Inspireus (10-8), 10 ran.
Robin De Broome (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, headway after 3 out, challenged 2 out, kept on same pace before last, 3rd of 11, 9 1/4l behind Norwegian Woods (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Hediddodinthe (IRE) 40-1 (10-0) Towards rear most of way, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Catterick 3m 1f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Dahills Hill (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, keen, mistake 2nd, driven when hit 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off, remote 4th, last of 4, dist behind Annie Mc (11-6) at Wetherby 2m 3f (4) sft in Jan.