John Ferguson has acquired some smart performers from the Flat in his time but few will have had the credentials of DUBAI PRINCE, who has been found a nice opportunity to make a winning start over hurdles. A Group 3 winner for Dermot Weld, he joined Godolphin and landed York's Group 3 Strensall Stakes on his final start last August and his new trainer has an excellent record with similar types. Catching On, a winning point-to-pointer, started odds-on for his hurdling debut at Wetherby last December but pulled up on the soft ground. He's expected to do much better while Ballygrooby Bertie has shown a bit of promise on his last two starts and Algernon Pazham has run well in two fast ground bumpers.
Great Link 50-1 (11-0) Led, not always fluent, clear until 3rd, headed 7th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind Oscar Fortune (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Algernon Pazham (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd and edged left over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Prideofthecastle (11-9) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in May.
Ballygrooby Bertie (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway before 2 out, soon every chance, ridden and lost 3rd place run-in, lost 4th place close home, 5th of 17, 16l behind Volnay De Thaix (11-5) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Brasingaman Espee 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, not always fluent, towards rear 3rd, well behind after 6th, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Garde La Victoire (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Catching On (IRE) 10-11fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, weakened quickly and not fluent last, soon pulled up, in a race won by Malapie (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 11 ran.
Dubai Prince (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Held up in last pair, headway on outside 2f out, led over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on, won at York 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug '12 beating Side Glance (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran (flat).
Grandad Mac 5-1 (9-10) Prominent in chasing group, lost place 6f out, behind and pulled up 4f out, in a race won by Suzi's A Class Act (10-0) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug '12, 10 ran (flat).
Join The Clan (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 15th of 17, well behind Volnay De Thaix (11-5) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
The Yank 8-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 14l behind Compton Bird (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (6) pol in Sep (flat).
Whileaway (USA) 66-1 (10-3) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, never a factor, 11th of 12, well behind Suerte Al Salto (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Apr.
Elixir Du Lac 66-1 (10-5) Held up, hampered 1st, not fluent next, blundered 3rd, jumped right and mistake next, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Odin (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Midnight Return (IRE) 200-1 (10-5) Held up, not fluent 3rd, behind when jumped slowly 5th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Definite Memories (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Feb '12.