BUILDING BRIDGES, a winner on the Flat in Ireland, defied mistakes to win well at Huntingdon and there's more to come. He just gets the nod over Guena Des Mottes, who battled to a narrow victory at Fontainebleau in April with the remainder well beaten. He's an obvious threat to all while Balranald, who won on the Flat in France, led for a long way on his debut here last month. El Picador won on the level for the Stoute yard and made a promising start over timber here when Wakool was behind and both will improve for the experience.
Building Bridges 7-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, led after 2nd, 6 lengths clear 4 out, hit next, hard driven when pressed approaching last, kept on well under pressure, won at Huntingdon 2m (4) gd in Nov beating Silkstone (10-12) by 3l, 9 ran.
Guena Des Mottes (FR) (10-5) won at Fontainebleau 1m 7f hvy in Apr beating Dandy King (10-5) by shd, 7 ran.
Balranald (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Led joined 2 out, headed approaching last, no extra in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 9, 9l behind George Ridsdale (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m mdn (4) gs in Nov.
Beechwood Jude (FR) 5-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, took keen hold, led before 2 out, soon clear, pressed and narrow lead last when mistake, soon headed, weakened towards finish, 4th of 10, 3l behind Geyser (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) sft in Nov.
El Picador (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Bit keen, chased leaders on inside, 2nd going well 5th, challenged and hit 2 out, left in narrow lead at the last, driven and headed run-in, no extra, 2nd of 9, 2l behind George Ridsdale (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m mdn (4) gs in Nov.
Guildhall 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, lost place 7f out, well beaten final 3f, 10th of 13, 36 3/4l behind Olympic Conqueror (8-11) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp (4) hvy in Oct.
Hasankey (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, left 3rd approaching 2 out, soon ridden to chase winner, never on terms, weakened flat, 5th of 16, 11 1/2l behind Scorched Earth (10-12) at Catterick 2m (4) gs in Nov.
Wakool (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Soon lost prominent position and held up well in rear, closer in 6th when dived at 3 out, weakened next, left modest 4th at the last, 4th of 9, 13l behind George Ridsdale (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m mdn (4) gs in Nov.