Albertus Pictor, a winner on the Flat in 2010, appears to be improving over hurdles judged on his recent fourth at Hereford while point-to-point winner Balinroab should have learned plenty from his C&D sixth last month. But they may struggle to give weight to the four-year-old SHALLOON, who was a decent sort on the level for Mark Johnston last year and made a promising start to his NH career when beaten just over six lengths behind Fire Fighter at Warwick. French import Prima Porta looks the pick of Evan Williams' trio and worth noting should she attract market support.
Albertus Pictor 20-1 (11-4) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, headway 3rd, pushed along before next, 14 lengths 5th 2 out, went 4th before last, no impression, 4th of 16, 17l behind Tour D'argent (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Balinroab (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 5 out, weakened from 2 out, 6th of 12, 34l behind Oscar Nominee (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Flynn's Island (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, tailed off 3f out, 12th of 14, 33l behind Mister Frosty (10-13) at Southwell 1m 3f am hcp 0-52 (6) fbs (flat).
Green Lightning (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, not fluent 3rd, lost place approaching 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind Tour D'argent (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Henry's Hero 100-1 (10-9) Mistakes, always towards rear and keen, blundered 7th, fell 4 out, in a race won by Eradicate (11-4) at Southwell 2m nov chs (4) gs in Jan, 6 ran.
It Is What It Is (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Valley.
Mootabar (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Towards rear, jumped slowly when last 4th, behind next, soon pulled up, in a race won by The Weatherman (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 12 ran.
Nicks Power (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, some headway after 4 out, weakened bypassing ommited 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 17, well behind So Fine (11-5) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
The Mighty Mod (USA) 150-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened before 4 out, 6th of 8, well behind San Telm (11-5) at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Politelysed 66-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear on outer, never dangerous, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Lucia Bay (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Prima Porta (9-3) 4th of 18, 6l behind Green Bananas (9-3) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 4f hcp hvy in Nov (flat).
Riviera Stars 50-1 (10-7) Mid-division on outside, lost place when not fluent 3rd, jumped slowly next, soon tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Native Beauty (10-11) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Shalloon (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Pecked 1st, tracked leader, not fluent 3rd or 4th, ridden and stayed on same pace from 2 out, mistake last, 4th of 12, 7l behind Fire Fighter (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Zara's Boy (IRE) Soviet Star gelding out of Zara's Birthday.