held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 3rd, weakened before 3 out
pressed leader, led after 8th, clear 3 out, easily
took keen hold early, led, headed after 8th, mistake next, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out
tracked leaders, slowed into 1st and 2nd, mistake and lost place 3rd, not fluent after, progress into 2nd 4 out, ridden and no impression on winner 3 out, well held after
held up, went 3rd after 4 out, soon ridden, well held before 3 out
Local Show won a point-to-point last year and was second in a bumper. He's been placed in two of his three starts over hurdles and sets a decent standard amongst this small field but THUNDER AND RAIN also makes plenty of appeal. He did well to win a bumper over 2m at Chepstow in December and then finish second under a penalty at Wincanton and his pedigree screams stamina - he looks a nice staying prospect. Kavanaghs Corner was second to subsequent hurdles winner Stiletto between the flags at Maralin in November and also warrants respect.
Kavanaghs Corner (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Rcd 2nd/3rd, rdn & not go with wnr 2out, rallied last where better jump, ko to line, 2nd of 14, nk behind Stilletto (12-2) at Maralin 3m ire ptp in Nov.
Local Show (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Prominent, led 2nd until 5th, led next, headed after 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Buckhorn Timothy (11-5) at Exeter 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Richardofdoccombe (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, driven approaching 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up next, in a race won by Missed Approach (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Thunder And Rain 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, ridden and outpaced in 4th over 2f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, no impression, 2nd of 13, 8l behind Fortunate George (11-2) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
At First Light 12-1 (11-2) Led, soon 6 lengths clear, driven over 4f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 27l behind West Approach (11-5) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) hvy in Jan.