SHOTAVODKA was well backed and won easily at Taunton earlier this month having failed to see out a longer trip on his hurdling debut at Wetherby. He could be the type to run up a sequence in novice hurdles and can give the weight away to Your Tepee Or Mine, a big disappointment in a bumper here in November, and Lord Protector. The latter was second over course and distance in December and appeared to find 2m3f beyond him at Exeter last time. Rockchasebullett has won between the flags but Fair Bramble has had his problems since finishing third in a Bangor bumper in 2011 and may need this.
Shotavodka (IRE) 2-1fav (11-3) Led after 1st, driven clear after 2 out, ran on well, won at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy beating Maxi Chop (10-12) by 12l, 14 ran.
Boss In Boots (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Led, hung badly left and virtually ran out approaching 3rd, soon behind, never dangerous after, moderate 4th, last of 4, well behind Far West (11-1) at Ascot 2m nov hdl (2) sft.
Dr Thistle (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, pushed along to chase leaders over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 16l behind Ericht (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Lord Protector (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, steady headway 6th, chased leaders before 2 out, ridden between last 2, well held in 4th when mistake and weakened last, 6th of 17, 27l behind Big Society (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Rockchasebullett (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, went 5th 2 out, kept on, 4th of 21, 23l behind Minella Forfitness (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd.
The Game Is A Foot (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, modest 7th at the 6th, soon no chance, 6th of 14, 32l behind Ivan Vasilevich (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Thelordbewithyou (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 11, 44l behind Dan Breen (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gd in Jul '09.
Tokyo Javilex (FR) 200-1 (11-1) Always behind, 10th of 15, 43l behind Many Clouds (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Your Tepee Or Mine (IRE) 7-4fav (11-7) Took keen hold, raced and held up towards rear, pushed along and no response over 3f out, soon beaten and eased, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Wychwoods Brook (11-0) at Sandown 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Candlefort Lady (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Held up in last trio, struggling in rear and tailed off 9th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mr Muddle (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr '11, 8 ran.
Fair Bramble 6-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway over 4f out, effort over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Western Approaches (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f mares n h flat (5) gd in May '11.