ALGERNON PAZHAM has progressed with every run and would have won much more easily at Leicester but for a last-flight blunder. He should follow-up here though Urban Hymn, an easy bumper winner at Huntingdon last month, will have come on for his debut over hurdles on this track a couple of weeks later. El Indio was well beaten when third at Ffos Las but Howaboutnow defied several mistakes to make a winning start over hurdles at Market Rasen and a better round will see him go close.
Howaboutnow (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Close up, tracked leaders when hit 6th, hit 3 out, led approaching 2 out, ridden out, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Full Throttle (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Algernon Pazham (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, challenging when left in lead 2 out, blundered last, ridden out, won at Leicester 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs beating Silsol (10-9) by 3l, 7 ran.
El Indio (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, closed after 9th, challenged 3 out, soon ridden, no impression on winner in 3rd after 2 out, mistake last, 3rd of 5, 21l behind Berea Boru (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Saint Brieuc (FR) (10-3) in a race won by Laristo (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f 3yo hdl sft in Sep '12, 17 ran.
Urban Hymn (FR) 11-8fav (10-12) Led mistake 6th, strongly challenged from 3 out, headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Spirit Of Shankly (11-4) at Haydock 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft in Nov.