Paul Gallagher has been doing well for Howard Johnson and MONTOYA'S SON looks another for the partnership. A decent enough novice hurdler, he made a fair start over fences behind Harry Flashman at Hexham and wouldn't need to improve much to go one better. Big Burrows looked promising when scoring on fast ground at Sedgefield last May but his jumping has let him down subsequently. A clear round will see him go close but Currahee blundered his way round Sedgefield last week and will need to jump a great deal better to get competitive.
Big Burrows (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 6th, with leader next, led 9th to 10th, weakened 4 out, mistake next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tarablaze (11-7) at Bangor 3m nov chs (4) gd in Mar, 6 ran.
Currahee 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and reminders after 8th, blundered 5 out, weakened next, 4th of 8, 40l behind Benny Be Good (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 5f nov chs (4) gf.
Lord Samposin 8-1 (10-9) Led to 5th, not fluent 9th, ridden approaching 2 out, weakened between last 2, 5th of 8, 25l behind Backstage (10-12) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul '09.
Montoya's Son (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 10th, headed next, led 3 out, headed and landed awkwardly last, stayed on, held by winner, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Harry Flashman (11-6) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Just Posh 20-1 (10-13) Towards rear, ridden after 5th, soon reminders and tailed off, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Samizdat (10-5) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Mar, 15 ran.