Unbeaten in three starts in bumpers, RED SHERLOCK will be a short-price to land his hurdling debut. His half-brother, Swing Bowler, made a winning start over timber and David Pipe's charge is hard to oppose in this company. Truckers Steel won a bumper at this track and is another to note now hurdling while Badger Wood looks best of those with experience over timber on the evidence of his second at Taunton last month. Nowdoro has also made the frame over hurdles and could prove best of the rest.
Badger Wood 66-1 (10-12) Led, pressed 2 out, headed last, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 12, 2l behind The Skyfarmer (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Canuspotit 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, some headway when mistake and went left 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 27l behind Mijhaar (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Cusheen Bridge (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, weakened next, 5th of 15, 20l behind Howaboutnow (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Daveron (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, pulled hard, ridden 8f out, lost place over 6f out, behind 5f out, last of 10, well behind Chatterbox (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr '12.
High Aspirations (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakening when mistake 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Ashes House (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
In The Gate (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Held up, headway 7th, ridden 2 out, weakened run in, 6th of 10, 18l behind Royal Regatta (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Lecale Lad (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Keen tracked leaders, went 2nd at 3rd, ridden when weakened 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Shantou Magic (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Nowdoro 200-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner when eased in closing stages and just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Annacotty (11-5) at Haydock 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Palmarrick (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, soon lost place, 6th of 7, 46l behind Kilcooley (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Red Sherlock 7-2fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, taken to very inside line after about 6f, led 7f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 2m Listed NH flat (1) gd in Nov beating Carningli (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Retroson (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway oere 4f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 6th of 12, 46l behind Sign Of A Victory (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Truckers Steel (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Mde all, in command 3f out, clear 2f out, eased towards finish, unchallenged, won at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Oct beating Countersign (11-4) by 6l, 7 ran.
Amber Flush 80-1 (10-12) Jumped left, led until 6th, weakened rapidly before next, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Keshi Pearl (10-12) at Warwick 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Secret Island 200-1 (10-5) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 31l behind Handmaid (10-10) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gf in Jun.