NORMAL NORMAN (NAP) won a nice pot over hurdles here on New Year's Day before ending the campaign in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. His two recent runs on the level have been over much shorter trips and this looks a chance to gain his first victory on the Flat. Tor is on a long losing run but has dropped in the weights accordingly and runs for a new yard while Arthurs Secret stays extreme distances which should stand him in god stead here. Bodacious Name struck form with a double over 2m2f at Pontefract at this time a year ago and has been racing in slightly better company so he could provide the main threat.
Normal Norman 7-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, no extra and lost place inside final 100 yards, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Brother McGonagall (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Ballynanty (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Raced wide, held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/4l behind Royal Cosmic (10-0) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp (4) gs in Jun.
Astute Boy (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, always behind, outpaced over 2f out, 12th of 14, 17 3/4l behind Shamad (9-2) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Maulesden May (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 14 1/4l behind Multellie (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp (4) sft in Sep.
Tor 12-5 (9-7) Held up well off the pace, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never a threat, 4th of 9, 5 3/4l behind Battle Of Marathon (9-9) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp (5) gf in Sep.
Arthurs Secret 12-1 (12-1) Held up in rear but in touch, slow 7th, every chance 3 out, no extra approaching last, 5th of 7, 15 1/4l behind Diggin Deep (11-8) at Ayr 3m hcp (4) gd in May.
Shrewd 11-2 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden and edged right over 2f out, never a threat, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 15, 20 1/4l behind Dreams And Visions (9-4) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Bodacious Name (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) In touch, headway to track leaders 6f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 6th of 12, 15 1/2l behind Michael's Mount (9-7) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp (4) gs in Jun.
Gripper 16-1 (10-12) Chased leader until 3rd, not fluent 5th, soon weakened, pulled up before last, at Hexham 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Beechwood Jude (FR) 22-1 (8-8) Behind, ridden over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on into modest 4th inside final furlong, no chance with leaders, 4th of 14, 7 1/4l behind Shamad (9-2) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Lyford (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) Led 4f, pressed leader, ridden and lost place over 3f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 10, dist behind Beaufort (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Sep.