These all-weather bumpers are sometimes a bit of a lottery but this race last year produced a subsequent Grade 2 winner over hurdles. Dubai Durham was beaten under a length in a mares’ bumper over track and trip last month and Sangha River made a winning start under Rules at Doncaster. Normal Norman won at Market Rasen in the autumn and then ran in a Listed race at Cheltenham but BLACK KALANISI may be the one to be on. He started favourite at Ludlow in November and wasn’t beaten far. The winner has turned out to be smart performer and Ben Pauling’s charge will know more today. You Raised Me Up has travelled over from Ireland but hasn’t raced since April.
Sangha River (IRE) 10-11fav (11-4) Held up towards rear, last 7f out, headway on inside 3f out, led over 1f out, soon edged right, 1 1/2 lengths up inside final furlong, just held on, won at Doncaster 2m 1f (6) gs in Dec beating Kingsplace (11-4) by hd, 11 ran.
Ballinahinch (IRE) 25-1 (11-13) Held up, took keen hold, pushed along under 5f out, moderate 6th approaching straight, soon no extra, 6th of 10, dist behind Planet Nine (11-13) at Thurles 2m sft in Feb.
Black Kalanisi (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Led, headed over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 11, 5 1/4l behind Vinndication (11-0) at Ludlow 2m (4) gd in Nov.
Highway Star (FR) 14-1 (11-2) In touch, went 3rd over 6f out, weakened 4f out, tailed off, 7th of 9, dist behind Don Lami (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f (6) gd in Nov.
Lord Condi (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Behind, struggling over 4f out, never a threat, 8th of 11, 16 1/2l behind Simply The Betts (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (6) gd in Sep.
You Raised Me Up (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, soon 5th, wide into straight, soon no impression, 5th of 12, 21 1/2l behind Vocarium (11-4) at Punchestown 2m Good - Yielding in Apr.
Normal Norman 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway and taken wide over 4f out, lost place over 2f out, 11th of 13, dist behind Acey Milan (10-12) at Cheltenham 1m 6f lst (1) hvy in Jan.
Dubai Dirham 25-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 3rd inside final furlong, closing when carried right towards finish, just held, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Fforbidden Love (10-5) at Lingfield 2m (5) pol in Jan.
Amanda's Teddy 50-1 (10-12) Pulled hard close up, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 20l behind Mabela (10-5) at Huntingdon 1m 6f (6) gd in Nov.
Bard Of Brittany 10-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, well beaten by leaders final 2f, 6th of 10, dist behind Acey Milan (10-12) at Wincanton 1m 7f (6) sft in Dec.
Costa Galera (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar gelding out of Albany Rose.
Queen Montoya 100-1 (10-3) Field stood still once passed the start for 36 seconds, prominent, pushed along over 3f out, soon outpaced, 12th of 15, 23 3/4l behind Princess Roxy (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 1f (5) sft in Jan.
Elviz Medicean gelding out of Estrela.