The booking of AP McCoy for Zelkova Island catches the eye as Paul Henderson's former pointer ran a fine race behind the prolific Home Run at Wincanton. Market Option has been knocking on the door and Farbreaga has won at Fontwell and Lingfield this season and finished ahead of WINGS OF ICARUS in a conditionals' race at Sandown in between. David Pipe's charge is now 10lb better off, however, and Timmy Murphy takes over the reins today. He wasn't disgraced behind De La Bech in a better race at Ascot next time and could finally break his duck over hurdles if first-time blinkers have the desired effect. No Likey and Long Wave may be best of the rest.
Kruseman 33-1 (11-11) Towards rear, stumbled 2nd, pushed along after 7th, struggling before 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 16, 50l behind Cinevator (11-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Long Wave (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, in touch 4th, effort on outside when hit 3 out, soon ridden, weakend before next, 5th of 9, 36l behind Two Rockers (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Old Dreams (IRE) 5-2 (10-7) In touch, losing place when mistake 5th, tailed off when mistake 4 out and pulled up, in a race won by Too Generous (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Market Option (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Prominent, not fluent 3rd or 7th, ridden before 3 out, no chance with winner before next, 2nd of 6, 24l behind Seymour Eric (10-1) at Towcester 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-110) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec.
Cladding 150-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, jumped left, headway 7th, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 10l behind Zakatal (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jun '11.
Wings Of Icarus (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) In touch, pushed along and headway to chase leaders 3 out, ridden and no extra before next, 8th of 13, 17l behind De La Bech (11-12) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Farbreaga (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway after 5th, chased leaders next, went 2nd soon after 3 out, led before 2 out, clear between last 2, eased close home, won at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan beating Admiral Blake (10-0) by 10l, 15 ran.
Zelkova Island (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway 3out, effort next, weakened, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Home Run (11-2) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Conigre 33-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, faded final furlong, 12th of 15, 14l behind Ericht (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Legend Erry (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, weakened after 6th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Up To Something (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Russian Flag (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 7th, soon ridden and struggling, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Drumshambo (11-12) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
No Likey (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon driven, stayed on to go modest 3rd after last, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Accordingtopalm (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Zava River (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 6th, ridden before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 11, 34l behind The Romford Pele (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Racey Lacey 18-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Winds And Waves (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft, 13 ran.
Hatters River (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, switched left before 2 out, no extra from last, 6th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Douchkirk (FR) 100-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, pushed along before 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 9th of 14, 36l behind Mr Watson (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Bellosguardo 28-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, kept on before last, no impression, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Rocky Elsom (11-1) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Riddlestown (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Keep Kicking (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.