Ferdy Murphy is represented by On The Right Path, Badgers Retreat and Glasson Lad with Graham Lee on the latter who looks comfortably the best of the trio though he was beaten a long way on his return to action at Huntingdon. Red Rocco showed some promise in bumpers and will be better for his run behind Simply Ned at Kelso while dual winning point-to-pointer True Blue should be much better suited by hurdling than he was in a fast-ground bumper at Towcester where he started a short-priced favourite. He looks a big threat but HAWK MOUNTAIN can make a winning start to his new career as this five-times Flat winner ran off a mark of 90 when last seen at Doncaster in September and should have too much quality for these provided he takes to hurdling.
Badgers Retreat 100-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, well behind Cape Dutch (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Glasson Lad (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Raced in last, pushed along after 3rd, headway 7th, went 3rd 2 out, left 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 29l behind Bedouin Bay (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Hawk Mountain (UAE) 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, pushed along to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 6l behind Old Hundred (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep (flat).
Ifonlyalfie 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 9th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Tour Des Champs (10-13) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Midnight Gamble 40-1 (11-2) Held up, weakened 4f out, 9th of 12, 50l behind Showmanship (10-9) at Fakenham 2m nhf (6) gd in Oct.
On The Right Path 66-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders until dropped to last pair from 3rd, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Pepite Rose (10-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Nov '10.
Red Rocco (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, hampered after 3rd on stable bend, ridden after 3 out, weakened from next, 7th of 14, 30l behind Simply Ned (11-0) at Kelso 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
True Blue (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) Tracked leaders going well, led 3f out until 2f out, one pace and no impression on leading duo, inside final furlong, weakened to 4th towards finish, 4th of 13, 6l behind Blase Chevalier (10-8) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gf in May.