BRIGHT ABBEY finished third on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter in December. He was still beaten a long way but gets another chance here with improvement expected. Placed over timber in France, Maxi Chop is worth noting on his first start for Paul Nicholls and it would be no surprise to see a much better effort from Tramore bumper winner Shotavodka after a modest debut run for David Pipe at Wetherby. Kayalar can be given a chance on his third at Bangor while Quails Hollow, a winner on the Flat at Hamilton, could also go well on his first start over obstacles.
Bright Abbey 8-1 (11-0) Held up, jumped left and mistake 2nd, headway after 4th, 4th and weakening when jumped left 2 out, went 3rd last, 3rd of 9, 26l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Broken Eagle (USA) 33-1 (11-6) Took keen hold, held up, closed 2nd, lost place before 6th, well beaten 3 out, 7th of 8, 43l behind Sound Investment (11-6) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Calusa Storm (IRE) 17-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 4f out until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 26l behind Pure Science (11-5) at Warwick 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Catch Me Up (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway before 7f out, went 2nd over 3f out until weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Sir Benfro (11-8) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jul.
Countrywide City (IRE) 28-1 (8-12) Chased leading pair, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 14, 21l behind Red River Boy (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug '10 (flat).
Kayalar (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 6th, went 3rd 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Tominator (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Long John 25-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, lost place before 7th, still in touch before 2 out, soon outpaced, 4th of 8, 20l behind Sound Investment (11-6) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Master Todd (IRE) 9-2 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, mostly 3rd from 9th until still 3rd when fell 4out, in a race won by Status Update (11-9) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gd in May, 12 ran.
Maxi Chop (FR) (10-1) 8th of 12, well behind Esmondo (10-10) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f 4yo hdl Grd 3 hvy in Oct.
Midnight Whisper 7-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 8th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 13, well behind Keenes Day (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Quails Hollow (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Gottany O's (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep '11 (flat).
Shotavodka (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leader and keen, challenged before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 17, well behind Up And Go (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.
Clouds Of Mist 28-1 (10-13) Slight lead until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 14l behind Tanzanite Bay (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 1f N H flat (4) gd in Apr '10.
Tahiti Dancer 200-1 (10-5) Behind, steady headway approaching 5th, pushed along and outpaced after next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dunlough Bay (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov, 10 ran.