NAM HAI just failed to overhaul Lady Yeats at Catterick on New Year's Day when beaten only a head. This shorter trip should not be a problem given the testing ground and Kim Bailey's charge gets the nod. Danvinnie had an off-day last time but has a shout on his earlier second at Fontwell while Will O'the West was placed over these hurdles on his penultimate start and is another to consider. Bonne Question completed at Market Rasen on only his second start over obstacles and further progress is expected today.
Danvinnie 9-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, hampered 1st, ridden and weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next, at Lingfield 2m 3f (4) hvy in Dec.
Jaunty Thor 33-1 (11-0) Soon in touch, challenged after 4th until 3 out, no extra from next, 5th of 12, 29l behind Pinnacle Panda (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn (4) hvy in Dec.
Leaving Las Vegas 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 3 out, never on terms, 8th of 10, dist behind Bigmartre (11-5) at Haydock 2m (4) hvy in Dec.
Nam Hai (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) In touch, effort 2 out, driven and every chance last, soon ridden, stayed on to lead narrowly near finish, headed final stride, 2nd of 12, hd behind Lady Yeats (11-2) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) sft in Jan.
Sadiks Boy (IRE) 200-1 (10-8) In rear when tried to refuse and unseated rider 1st, at Ludlow 2m (4) sft in Dec.
Will O'The West (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) In touch, headway 3 out, stayed on strongly after last, never able to challenge, 5th of 16, 14 1/2l behind Le Prezien (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn (4) sft in Dec.
Georgian Firebird 33-1 (10-7) Held up, not fluent 4th, soon behind, 8th of 12, dist behind Pinnacle Panda (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn (4) hvy in Dec.
Pettal 40-1 (11-2) Held up, pulled hard, went prominent 10f out, hanging left and weakened over 4f out, 7th of 11, dist behind Tearsofclewbay (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn (6) hvy in Dec.
Hugh's Secret (IRE) 250-1 (10-7) Always behind, tailed off when blundered 2 out, 10th of 13, dist behind William Of Orange (11-5) at Catterick 2m (4) sft in Jan.
Bonne Question (FR) 40-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden after 4 out, one pace and in 5th before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 14, 11 3/4l behind Paddy's Field (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f (4) sft in Jan.