COURT BALOO (NAP) continued his good progress when landing a hat-trick with last month’s course and distance success. He scored in soft ground earlier and Alistair Whillans’ charge may not have finished winning yet. Stablemate Kalaharry ended last season with a victory at Newcastle and will be sharper for a recent outing at Aintree and the same applies to Total Assets, placed over fences at Carlisle on her reappearance and racing off a lower mark back over timber. Niceandeasy gets additional headgear having failed to complete on his return to action and has yet to win a handicap.
Niceandeasy (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, lost place and towards rear 6th, behind when mistake 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, at Perth 3m hcp (3) gs in Sep.
Total Assets 6-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, took closer order after 10th, stayed on into 3rd approaching last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 7 1/4l behind Bafana Blue (11-4) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Kalaharry (IRE) 17-2 (10-6) Held up towards rear, closer in mid-division when mistake 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 10th of 11, dist behind Same Circus (11-2) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Achill Road Boy (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up, effort after 3 out, no impression, well held from 2 out, 6th of 10, 16 1/2l behind Ryedale Racer (11-6) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Hastrubal (FR) 11-2 (11-12) 2nd or 3rd, challenged 6th, 4th and beaten from omitted 2 out, one pace, 4th of 7, 16 1/2l behind Rainy City (11-4) at Perth 3m hcp (4) hvy in Aug.
Court Baloo (IRE) 4-1cfav (10-10) Tracked leader, led before 5th (3 out), hard driven approaching omitted last, held on well (6 hurdles omitted), won at Kelso 3m 2f hcp (4) gs in Oct beating Telson Barley (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.