Cogital was fortunate to finish second at Fontwell on Boxing Day though didn't appear to mind the testing ground. Flou Artsistique never showed on his debut for David Pipe at Taunton but is a likely improver as is Hit The Rocks, a winner on the Flat at Tramore in August and certain to be better for last month's hurdling debut on this track. KID COMMANDO has won a point-to-point and a bumper and has run in decent bumper company the last twice so looks the one to beat on his hurdling debut.
Cogital 7-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, well held in 3rd place when left 2nd 2 out,, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 15l behind Neff (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f (4) hvy in Dec.
Counteract 50-1 (11-0) Led, pushed along over 3f out, headed on home turn, soon lost 2nd and weakened 2f out, 12th of 14, 34 1/4l behind Wilde About Oscar (11-0) at Warwick 2m (5) sft in Dec.
Flou Artsistique (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 8th of 13, dist behind Masters Legacy (10-12) at Taunton 2m (4) gs in Dec.
Hit The Rocks (IRE) 11-4 (11-6) Keen in mid-division, closer on inside 3rd, hit 3 out, pushed along and went modest 2nd before next where went left, dropped to 3rd when went badly left at the last, weakened run-in, 4th of 9, 28l behind Highway One O Two (11-6) at Plumpton 2m (4) hvy in Dec.
Kid Commando 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 11f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 13l behind Israel Champ (11-8) at Ascot 2m lst (1) hvy in Dec.
Pirate Sam 125-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, always towards rear, 14th of 15, dist behind Emmas Joy (10-5) at Warwick 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Queen Among Kings (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Ld early, 2nd 1/2way, slw jmp & reminders 5out, wknd when pu 3out, at Turtulla 3m Yielding in Nov.