SOUTHFIELD VIC made a very impressive debut in a bumper at Exeter when trained by Bob Buckler and has joined Paul Nicholls. He looks the type to go on to better things but Johnny Og disappointed at Kempton in May after an impressive debut success at Catterick. A Tail Of Intrigue came from point-to-points to run really well behind Tara Muck at Southwell but a bigger threat may emerge in the shape of Powerful Action, who caught the eye in no uncertain terms on his debut at Limerick and has joined Philip Hobbs. Radharc Nahabhainn showed little in Irish points but made a pleasing start for new connections in a Stratford bumper and can only improve while Nicky Henderson's four-year-old Take A Bow has to be respected on his debut.
Johnny Og 9-2 (11-6) Held up behind in touch, driven to chase leaders over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 6th of 8, 20l behind Gone Too Far (11-3) at Kempton 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Southfield Vic (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders on outer, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Apr beating Theatrebar (11-2) by 5l, 9 ran.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Mid-division, headway on outside 8f out, ridden over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, closed inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Tara Muck (10-4) at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Borkum (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Mid-division on outside, pushed along briefly after 5f, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Mrs Jordan (10-7) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gs in Sep.
Its A Long Road 5-2 (11-7) Outpcd 15; rallied 2 out; no ex final 150yds, 3rd of 14, 4l behind V Neck (10-7) at Dulverton 3m ptp gd in May.
Little Jon 4-1 (11-2) In touch on inside, took keen hold, lost place 5f out, some progess 3f out, no impression, 6th of 13, 19l behind Ulzana's Raid (10-12) at Towcester 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in May.
Lord Farquaad Royal Applause gelding out of Monkey Madge.
Major Martin (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Held up, headway 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 24l behind Harry's Farewell (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Master Butcher (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Alw pr, gd prog to ld 2out, rdn & kow, won at Largy 3m ire ptp sft in Apr beating Crookstown (12-0) by 3l, 14 ran.
Merchant Of Milan 8-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 35l behind Fiddlers Bid (11-0) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.
Moorlands George Grape Tree Road gelding out of Sandford Springs.
Powerful Action (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, 5th over 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on, 3rd of 15, 3l behind Honkytonktennessee (11-8) at Limerick 2m N H flat gd in Jul.
Radharc Nahabhainn (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd before 3f out, led 2f out, headd inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind G'dai Sydney (11-1) at Stratford 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Royal Ripple (IRE) Royal Anthem gelding out of Sparkling Opera.
Take A Bow Norse Dancer gelding out of Madame Illusion.
Hearditbefore (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Chsd ldrs in 3rd until 2nd from 1/2way, 2l 2nd 4out, chall & ld bef 2out, 2l adv last, so flat, won at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gd in Jun beating On The Grid (10-11) by 3l, 11 ran.