SHANTOU MAGIC scored over today's trip at Fontwell on his reappearance. That's easily the best form on offer and Charlie Longsdon's charge looks capable of defying a penalty in this. Comeback Colin and Gold Futures share similar profiles. Both were placed in bumpers before producing decent efforts on their hurdling debuts at Southwell and Kelso respectively. A rare winner on the Flat, Theology finished third over hurdles at this track last year, while Lucanor and point-to-point winner Lecale Lad look best of the rest.
Shantou Magic (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd 3 out, led before 2 out, easily, won at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct beating Simply A Legend (10-12) by 9l, 14 ran.
Comeback Colin 15-2 (10-5) Held up in touch, went 4th after 3 out, pushed along and outpaced 2 out, soon driven along, no chance when left 3rd and slightly hampered after last, kept on flat, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Parsnip Pete (10-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Danby's Legend Midnight Legend gelding out of Miss Danbys.
Gold Futures (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, in 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Vinny Gambini (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Lecale Lad (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led, not fluent 2nd, clear 3rd until before 5th, headed after 4 out, weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by Whisper (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Light The City (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, some headway after 6th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 42l behind Gone Too Far (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Lucanor (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up behind, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 50l behind Up For An Oscar (10-9) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Rossoneri (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, challenged over 6f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 20l behind Regal Encore (10-3) at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb '12.
Stella's Fella 100-1 (11-0) Led to halfway, outpaced over 2f out, 3rd of 10, 21l behind Seedling (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Theology 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 3 out, hit 2 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Fiulin (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb '12.