NEVER NEVER was let down by his jumping on his debut over hurdles at Uttoxeter but still ran with plenty of promise. The Hexham bumper winner may enjoy a fitness advantage over likely market rivals Handmaid, who has been rested since finishing tailed off in a Listed Cheltenham bumper in November. It's difficult to make much of a case for any of the others on what they've shown so far, though Scutsisland did show a bit more when fifth at Chepstow on his latest outing.
Danger In The Park 33-1 (10-12) Chased leaders 6f, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Land Of Vic (10-8) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr '13.
Jaunty Inflight 100-1 (10-5) Held up in 4th and off the pace, closed approaching 3rd, went 3rd approaching 4th until 4 out, soon ridden and weakened before next, 5th of 10, 37l behind Bonobo (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Kims Firebud 200-1 (10-9) Always behind, 10th of 16, 33l behind My Guardian Angel (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Scutsisland (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out until before next, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 12, 21l behind Morning Reggie (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.
Never Never (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Prominent, led after 1st, not fluent and headed 4th, not fluent 3 out, no impression on winner when mistake next, one pace, 4th of 13, 23l behind Germany Calling (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gd.
Strictly The One (IRE) 100-1 (10-10) In rear, mistake 1st, well behind when mistake next, pulled up after, in a race won by Master Malt (11-0) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd, 17 ran.
Handmaid 40-1 (11-0) Chased leaders to over 4f out, soon behind, tailed off 2f out, last of 15, 43l behind The Govaness (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat lst (1) gd in Nov.
Zuileka 33-1 (10-5) Behind, soon driven along and detached, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Indepub (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft, 12 ran.