After winning at Huntingdon, CLONDAW CASTLE (NAP) ran a fair race under a penalty at Doncaster. He was giving a useful winner 13lb and the second has gone one better since so the form has a solid look about it. Some Reign also has 6lb extra but he’s disappointed since getting off the mark in a maiden over course and distance in October and looks to have his fair share of temperament. He was also well behind the selection in a bumper at Aintree at the end of last season. Swashbuckle made mistakes on his hurdling at Catterick but wasn’t beaten far and will know more today. He won three times on the Flat and Donald McCain will find a race for him while Booyakasha is another likely improver.
Clondaw Castle (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) 3rd of 10, 7 1/2l behind Countister (10-5) at Doncaster 2m 1f (3) gd in Dec.
Some Reign (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Chased leaders, effort when not fluent 2 out, weakened after last, 3rd of 12, 13 1/4l behind Lisdoonvarna Lad (10-12) at Wetherby 2m (4) sft in Dec.
Auxiliary 33-1 (11-4) Chased clear leaders, 3rd and closed before 3 out, soon ridden, not fluent 2 out, no chance with winner, one pace, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Silver Concorde (11-10) at Musselburgh 2m (4) gd in Dec.
Aye Right (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Carlisle 2m 1f (5) sft in Nov beating Kateson (11-7) by 3 1/4l, 10 ran.
Booyakasha (IRE) 5-2jfav (10-12) Close up, led 4 out, headed before 2 out, chased winner from last, until no extra run-in, 3rd of 10, 11 3/4l behind It'll Do Rightly (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) gs in Dec.
Kennedys Field 100-1 (11-2) Pressed leader until ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 31 1/4l behind Town Head (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m mdn (6) gd in Nov.
Lord Napier (IRE) 50-1 (8-2) In touch, outpaced 4f out, 10th of 12, 19 1/2l behind Frontiersman (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp (2) gf in May.
Moores Novelty (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened before 2 out, 7th of 10, 32 3/4l behind Mcgowan's Pass (11-0) at Ayr 2m mdn (5) hvy in Dec.
Pookie Pekan (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 17l behind The Dubai Way (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) sft in Dec.
Silk Or Scarlet (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway on outside before 4th, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 4th of 6, 36l behind Joke Dancer (10-12) at Haydock 2m (4) hvy in Dec.
Sultans Pride 12-1 (10-12) Always behind, beaten 4 out, 9th of 15, 37 3/4l behind The Great Getaway (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 5f (4) sft in Dec.
Swashbuckle 5-2 (11-6) With winner, jumped slowly 4th, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and every chance last, kept on same pace run-in, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Enola Gay (11-6) at Catterick 2m mdn (4) gs in Dec.
Templenaboe (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost 3rd and weakened before 2 out, fell last, at Ayr 2m 4f mdn (5) sft in Oct.
The Dawn Bandit (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, 7th of 10, 31 3/4l behind Ask The Tycoon (11-0) at Ayr 2m mdn (6) hvy in Nov.