Bowie is capable of landing an ordinary novice or maiden hurdle and should be in the mix whilst it will be interesting to see if jumping a hurdle facilitates improvement in Rene Le Roi and Ballinderry. Both have shown bumper promise but it looks best to focus on the two previous winners. Rayvin Black took advantage of the last hurdle fall of Deia Sunrise to score at Ludlow and looks on the upgrade but OYSTER SHELL, a solid scorer at Uttoxeter latest, is preferred. The runner-up that day, Deep Trouble, has since hacked up at Worcester to frank the form and Henry Daly has enjoyed a successful time of things over the past couple of months.
Oyster Shell 3-1 (10-11) Always prominent, hampered 3rd, challenged 3 out, soon led, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd beating Deep Trouble (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.
Rayvin Black 7-4fav (10-9) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, hit next, 2 lengths down and looked held when left clear at the last, won at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Vexillum (10-6) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Audacious 12-1 (10-12) Led, pulled hard, jumped left 1st, headed 2 out, 3rd and weakening when tried to refuse and unseated rider last, in a race won by Cool Macavity (10-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd, 4 ran.
Balinderry (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 3rd 2f out, soon switched left, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Call The Cops (10-9) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) gs.
Bowie (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leader until 3rd, went 2nd again before 6th, dropped to 3rd soon after 3 out, went 2nd again 2 out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Valleyofmilan (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gd.
My Mate Jake (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leader until 4 out, weakened before next, 11th of 17, well behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Rene Le Roi (FR) 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, close up 5f out, pushed along when ran slightly wide on bend 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Billfromthebar (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Maiden (4-6yo) (6) gd.
Our Princess Ellie (USA) 33-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 9l behind Ioannou (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec (flat).
Just Fabulous 7-2 (9-4) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Coral Sands (8-7) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft (flat).