We open with a competitive three mile Novice Hurdle in which David Pipe¿s LORD TOMNODDY just about sets the standard so is given the nod ahead of Watamu Bay and Gentle Carabou is also considered. Having found the one too good in two of his last three starts in this sphere the gelding looked in need of extra yardage when putting in one of those silver performances last time. He's relatively well treated by the make up of this race and should prove too strong for the opposition. Watamu Bay is certainly on form at present but despite a good looking win at Ffos Las on his last start he has more to do under a penalty and that weight might be telling. Gentle Carabou receives a mare's allowance and has shaped well enough on a few starts to suggest she should mount a challenge now upped in trip. Upham Atom is given a chance based on his official mark but in a tricky opener Lord Tomnoddy looks like a winner in waiting.
Badly Bruised (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) With leaders and keen, led 7th, fell 4 out, in a race won by Tarateeno (10-10) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov, 12 ran.
Watamu Bay (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Held up, reminders after 5th, headway on outside from 2 out, chased leader approaching last, stayed on gamely under pressure to lead near finish, won at Ffos Las 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Fabulous Fred (10-12) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Cannington Brook (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Jumped poorly in rear, hit 1st, 6th and 12th, struggling in last when blundered 14th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Michel Le Bon (11-2) at Newbury 3m nov chs Grade 2 4yo+ (1) gs in Nov, 4 ran.
Double Chocolate 100-1 (10-11) Raced keenly, held up, weakened 3 out, 10th of 16, well behind Wishfull Thinking (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Good Man Jack (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) In touch, pushed along 10th, soon lost place, behind when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Plein Pouvoir (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Lord Tomnoddy 12-1 (11-0) Chased winner from 3 out, no impression, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Predictive (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Panda Bay 10-3 (10-12) Held up in rear, some headway when not fluent 6th, pushed along and in rear 8th, struggling after next, 6th of 7, 32l behind Sonny Mullen (10-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Peterova (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Behind, lost touch 8th, soon tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Lord Generous (10-12) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Scottish Munros 20-1 (10-7) Led to 1st, chased leader to 3rd, under pressure after 4th, soon lost place, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Be There In Five (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
The Red Laird 14-1 (11-1) Led, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 12l behind Stoney's Treasure (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft.
Upham Atom 16-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, lost place 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, no impression, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Valentine Vic (10-12) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Walkingonsunshine 66-1 (10-12) Chased leader until approaching 9th, weakened rapidly, tailed off and pulled up approaching 2 out, in a race won by Quartano (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov, 9 ran.
Gentle Caribou (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Soon towards rear, pushed along at several stages, headway approaching 7th, outpaced from next, went modest 4th flat, 4th of 11, 20l behind Queen Poline (10-12) at Warwick 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Preuty Boy (FR) 33-1 (10-11) In touch, headway to 3rd after 4th, pushed along before 3 out, no extra from 2 out, 4th of 13, 18l behind Be There In Five (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Dec.