IRISH BUCCANEER will be a short price here following his head second to Pine Creek at Leicester and should open his account over hurdles at the third attempt. The Informant is interesting, however, having won a Fontwell bumper on his debut under Rules while the former John Gosden inmate Light Well showed promise at Ffos Las and will know more today. It will be a surprise if any of the others get involved.
Irish Buccaneer (IRE) 11-8 (11-5) Tracked leaders on outside, led 2 out, hit last, hard ridden flat, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, hd behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Light Well (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, chased winner 3 out until 2 out, no extra last, weakened flat, 6th of 13, 15l behind Top Gamble (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
My Lord 20-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, weakenen before 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Dawn Twister (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Nobody's Business (IRE) 150-1 (10-8) Slowly away, hampered 4th, behind, never in contention, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Hildisvini (11-7) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar '11.
The Informant 16-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, driven and edged left final furlong, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec beating Letemgo (11-2) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Ullswater (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Always in rear, 11th of 12, 48l behind Chatterbox (11-8) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft.
Buckley Boy 100-1 (8-10) Prominent early, outpaced in 4th and last over 4f out, soon ridden and lost touch, last of 4, 34l behind Tarooq (9-1) at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol in Jan (flat).