Having won the Group 1 Gran Criterium as two-year-old, few would have envisaged seeing Zafisio in a novice hurdle at Plumpton at this stage of his career. He would probably have made short work of these in his prime but recent efforts on the Flat suggest he's a light of former days and blinkers are applied on his hurdling bow. We'll take him on with HENRY SAN, who doesn't appear to have much in the way of pace but was clear of the third when runner-up to Challow Hurdle third Double Ross at Folkestone and has solid claims here on that effort. Specialagent Alfie was third over C&D earlier this month and has each-way claims, along with the unexposed Marcus Antonius and Sew On Target, but Bhakti may need the experience.
Battleoftrafalgar 33-1 (11-0) Made most, went right 4th, headed next, dropped to 3rd soon after, lost 3rd before 3 out, rallied to poor 3rd again last, tailed off, 3rd of 7, well behind All The Aces (11-0) at Newbury 2m hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Bhakti (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Towards rear, pushed along to chase winner halfway, ridden over 3f out, one pace, 2nd of 10, 12l behind Howaboutnow (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Henry San (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, ridden after 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 14l behind Double Ross (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Lamblord (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 4f out, 6th of 10, 30l behind Tiger Maguire (11-2) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Majestueux (USA) 250-1 (11-2) Held up in touuch, weakened from 6th, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Double Ross (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Marcus Antonius 25-1 (11-5) Behind, went right and jumped big 1st, headway approaching 5th, went modest 3rd between last 2, never any chance with leading duo, 3rd of 13, 22l behind Ashbrittle (11-2) at Lingfield 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Orsm 25-1 (11-2) Held up in touch , took keen hold, pushed along 7f out, weakened 3f out, 5th of 8, 21l behind Favoured Nation (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Sew On Target (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Led, jumped left and headed 11th, hung left and weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Rangitoto (10-13) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (3) sft in Dec.
Specialagent Alfie 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, jumped left 3rd, went 2nd after 5th, led approaching 2 out, soon headed, one pace last, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Balder Succes (11-0) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Winning Spark (USA) 100-1 (10-9) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 1st, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Colour Squadron (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Zafisio (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 21l behind Poet (9-0) at Ayr 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep (flat).
It Wasn't Us (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In touch, carried left 3rd, lost place 5th, 10th of 12, well behind Balder Succes (11-0) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Just Say Please 100-1 (10-10) Pulled hard always in in rear, fell 2 out, in a race won by Elegant Touch (10-10) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 16 ran.
Chilworth Lass (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Mistakes, pressed leader, led 4th, headed approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 12, 28l behind Balder Succes (11-0) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.