Although never looking like catching the winner, RAKTIMAN showed some promise when runner-up on his hurdling bow at Catterick last month and can go one better in this company. Fantino has won on the Flat since his well beaten hurdling bow in November and may do better, but An Capall Mor continues to frustrate with a second at Doncaster in December his best effort so far. Uncle Johnny may improve for the switch to hurdling after a couple of modest efforts in bumpers and the same comment applies to River Purple.
Agitation 150-1 (10-9) Towards rear, weakened before 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Asaid (10-8) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 13 ran.
An Capall Mor (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along and reminders after 6th, in rear from 7th, mistake 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, 48l behind Themilanhorse (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gd.
Dubara Reef (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, reminders over 4f out weakened over 3f out, 10th of 11, 26l behind Holden Eagle (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol (flat).
Fantino 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 10, 50l behind Gogeo (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Nov.
Raktiman (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, went 3rd before 6th, went 2nd after 3 out, never any chance with unchallenged winner, 2nd of 15, 11l behind Star In Flight (11-10) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
River Purple 50-1 (11-3) Towards rear, ridden 5f out, never on terms, 8th of 16, 23l behind Midnight Oscar (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs.
The Banana Man 50-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, weakening when mistake 4 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Amron Lad (11-1) at Haydock 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Uncle Johnny 66-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 17l behind Tetlami (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) gd in Feb.
Irish Symphony (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 5th, challenged briefly 7th, outpaced after 3 out, 3rd and held after 2 out, mistake and demoted to 4th last, 4th of 11, 27l behind Politelysed (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Mysula 40-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 8th of 13, 36l behind Miss Tique (10-12) at Chepstow 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs.
Scimon Templar (FR) 33-1 (10-7) Held up in last, not fluent 5th, never dangerous, 8th of 15, 43l behind Sonoran Sands (10-2) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) sft.