NAMIBIAN folded quickly and was eased on his hurdles introduction at Huntingdon, eventually finishing 17 lengths behind third Nordic Quest. But that was his first run for more than two years and Nicky Henderson's charge wouldn't have lived with the Queen's Vase and Gordon Stakes winner on the Flat. Much more is expected today from John Ferguson's gelding, who can open his account under NH Rules over an extra half-mile. Minella Friend has run well in a couple of hurdle starts at Exeter and has place claims again but Softsong has proved expensive to follow in the past. Save The Bees, debutant Thomas Junior and Easter Dancer look best of the rest.
Attimo (GER) 25-1 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leader, hit 3rd, left in 2nd briefly 3 out, soon ridden in 3rd, weakened well before next, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Doing Fine (10-12) at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Kilfinichen Bay (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Behind, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Horizontal Speed (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Minella Friend (IRE) 4-5fav (10-12) Led, mistake 2 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 17, 4l behind Mosspark (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Namibian (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, effort 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 20l behind Wadswick Court (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Nordic Quest (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Pulled hard in touch, chased winner approaching 2 out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 16, 3l behind Wadswick Court (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Perfect Shot (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Mid-division, hampered 1st, headway 4th, not fluent 7th, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened before next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Zama Zama (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec '11, 9 ran.
Save The Bees 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, chased leaders after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 4th of 14, 22l behind Forthefunofit (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Sir Harry Hotspur 150-1 (10-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, mistake and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Oscar Hoof (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 21 ran.
Softsong (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 16th of 19, well behind Fleet Dawn (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
Thomas Junior (FR) 11-4 (11-0) Held up in touch, pushed along and outpaced over 5f out, rallied over 3f out, challenging when hung left over 1f out, one pace and held by winner when lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Flying Eagle (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Nov.
Easter Dancer 9-2 (10-13) Always in last trio, never involved, 6th of 7, 20l behind Emily's Flyer (10-6) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.