Successful twice between the flags, NATIVE GALLERY did well to run Jetnova to a length on only his second start over hurdles. The winner franked the form next time but Ben De Haan's charge was always going to be put over fences sooner rather than later and looks to have found a good opportunity to open his account here. Swift Lord won a Downpatrick bumper for Paul Cashman last season and was a fair third on his debut over hurdles at Ludlow. But that run was almost a year ago so it remains to be seen if he's fully wound-up for this, while the remainder have little to recommend them.
Ballinhassig (IRE) 150-1 (10-5) Chased leaders to before 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off 3 out, 7th of 11, well behind Badgers Cove (11-5) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Big Bertie (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Led to 3 out, soon weakened, 14th of 17, well behind Chablais (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Native Gallery (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and headed last, kept on run-in, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Jetnova (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
No More Prisoners (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Always prominent, slight mistake 4th, no impression under pressure in 3rd and kept on same pace from before straight, 3rd of 18, 10l behind False Messenger (11-10) at Thurles 2m 6f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Swift Lord (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 4th, chased winner approaching 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Black Jack Blues (11-3) at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb '10.
Karingabay Queen 66-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, set steady pace, headed 5th, weakened next, 7th of 8, 48l behind Megastar (11-0) at Ascot 2m hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Pipes A'Calling 3-1 (12-0) won at Godstone 3m ptp gd in Apr '07, 10 ran.