TOP GAMBLE looked an above average hurdling recruit when smoothly accounting for a dozen rivals at Ffos Las in early February. Making all, the son of Presenting was always in command and is hard to oppose here in pursuance of the three-timer. He also appears a gelding with scope for considerable progress. The sole concern is that all three runs to date have seen him encounter heavy conditions and he will face notably quicker ground here. King Spirit is far more exposed but the formbook still reveals him as the likeliest danger, although it would not surprise were Henryville to prove himself a decent sort in time. The Generous gelding has hinted at promise in bumper company prior to this hurdling debut for Harry Fry who is enjoying such a splendid time of things in his first season in the training ranks.
Top Gamble (IRE) 2-1 (11-3) Made all, clear after 2 out, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Sidney Melbourne (11-3) by 6l, 13 ran.
Foxes Bridge 28-1 (11-4) Chased leaders until lost place halfway, struggling under pressure in rear 6f out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 46l behind Gentleman Jon (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd.
Henryville 8-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, disputing 4th and well off the pace, one pace final 2f, hung left final furlong, 6th of 11, 21l behind Such A Legend (10-11) at Kempton 2m NH flat (5) gd in Feb.
King Spirit (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) With leader, outpaced from 3 out, 4th of 12, 15l behind Wilton Milan (11-6) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Mr Steel (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, chased leaders before 6th, one pace in 3rd when blundered last, 3rd of 6, 25l behind Broadway Buffalo (11-8) at Warwick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb.
Bebinn (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Led until after 6th, led again approaching 2 out, headed soon after, kept on well under pressure, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Va'vite (10-10) at Towcester 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs.
Mon Reve 150-1 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake and ridden 4th, soon behind, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Weather Babe (11-0) at Towcester 2m Mares NH Novice Hurdle (3yo+) (4) sft in Dec.
Shine In Time (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) In touch in 6th, reminders after 5th, ridden and outpaced ext, rallied to 3rd before 2 out, went 2nd soon after last, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Jean Fleming (11-0) at Lingfield 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.