Blue Heron was just beaten on his debut at Ludlow and went one better next time on the same course when odds-on. There is more to come from Dan Skelton's charge and he'll make a bold bid to defy the penalty. Celtic Agent hasn't raced since third on his debut at Towcester in 2012 but could figure if fully wound-up and Trapper Peak was second at Towcester before finishing fourth in a better race at Warwick. LESS TIME, a full brother to a couple of winning jumpers, ran green when well backed on his debut at Kempton and wasn't unduly punished in the closing stages. That will have taught him plenty and he can recoup losses today.
Blue Heron (IRE) 4-5fav (11-2) Made all, driven clear 3f out to over 1f out, ridden and hard pressed when edged left inside final furlong, held on under pressure, won at Ludlow 1m 6f nhf (4) gs in Dec beating Hughesie (10-9) by 1l, 6 ran.
Celtic Agent 8-13fav (11-2) Ran green and soon niggled along in rear, driven over 3f out, headway on inside over 2f out, rallied and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Neston Grace (10-9) at Towcester 1m 5f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Oct '12.
Heston Halling gelding out of Friend For Life.
Less Time (IRE) 15-8 (11-4) Held up in last trio, headway on outside over 4f out, went 2nd 3f out until final furlong, weakened and lost 2 places in closing stages, 5th of 11, 11l behind Third Act (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) hvy in Feb.
Primitive Sam Samraan gelding out of Jeanann.
Trapper Peak (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 6f out until 4f out, chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 4th of 11, 18l behind Call Me Vic (10-9) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Gwendoliner (IRE) Flemensfirth mare out of Clandestine.
Always Summat Bollin Eric gelding out of Amalfi Storm.