Lost Legend was a bit disappointing at Chepstow but No Buts showed promise on his hurdling debut over C&D and the mare Venceremos is interesting sent over timber having been sent over to Navan for a Listed bumper on her latest start. ABRUZZI only needed two attempts to get off the mark over hurdles, scoring at Towcester last month. He can continue on an upward curve and land this with Ben Poste taking off 7lb. The other winners in the race, De Blacksmith and Rich Buddy, may struggle under penalties.
De Blacksmith (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Led until after 2nd, led again before 5th, made most after, clear before 2 out, pushed out, won at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Pahente (10-5) by 7l, 9 ran.
Rich Buddy 7-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 17l behind Bathwick Brave (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Abruzzi 18-1 (10-6) Held up in touch, lost place 5 out, reminders and soon outpaced, not fluent 3 out, rallied before 2 out, led 2 out, kept on well, won at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo nov stks (4) sft in Dec beating Up To Something (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Boy Of Boru (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, lost place quickly before 6th, tailed off when mistake 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Minella For Steak (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Lost Legend (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, outpaced when hit 2 out, weakened last, 6th of 9, 25l behind The Romford Pele (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Megastyle 33-1 (11-2) In touch, ridden and dropped to rear 6f out, 6th of 7, 29l behind Come On Laurie (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in May.
No Buts 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden last (usual 3 out,) kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Ace Fighter Pilot (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Sharp Suit (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Fountains Mary (10-6) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Shuh Shuh Gah (IRE) 18-1 (11-0) Keen in rear, never on terms, 7th of 10, 20l behind Ericht (10-4) at Fakenham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Strollawaynow (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Held up in last pair, steady headway 6f out, weakened 4f out, 6th of 10, well behind Kings Palace (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) sft in Dec.
Venceremos 14-1 (11-9) Prominent, 3rd 4f out, ridden and no impression from 2f out, 8th of 19, 19l behind Joanne One (10-13) at Navan 2m mrs N H flat lst (1) hvy in Nov.