DE FORGOTTEN MAN showed a reasonable level of form in Irish points and is a reasonable starting point ahead of Life Long and Johann Sebastian. The selection hails from an up and coming yard whose horses seem quite well suited by the demands of this track. De Forgotten Man may not come into his own until jumping obstacles but the son of Commander Collins did enough in two starts between the flags to think that he can win races under Rules. Johann Sebastian ran a vaguely encouraging race on debut at Ffos Las and is entitled to improve but it appears as though he will need to, on a line through the third, if he's to get the better of Life Long who ran on well to make a winning debut at Bangor. Educated Evans is a half-brother to Tricky Trickster and is one to note in the market along with the likes of Argentia and Royal Chatelier who is a half-brother to the very smart Impek but we'll take a chance with De Forgotten Man.
Life Long (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Held up in touch on outer, outpaced 5f out, headway over 3f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (5) sft in Dec beating The Ferbane Man (10-11) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
De Forgotten Man (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Tracked ldr in 2nd, ld bef 5out, chall from 2out, so best flat, won at Boulta 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov beating Over The Phone (11-7) by nk, 12 ran.
Educated Evans (IRE) Bishop Of Cashel gelding out of Pavlova.
Isambard Kingdom (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Alw in rr, pu last, in a race won by Fast Gun (12-0) at Maralin 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 11 ran.
Johann Sabestian (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 9, 16l behind Crannaghmore Boy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Might Be Ready (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, raced keenly, headway over 8f out, weakened over 6f out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Quousko De L'isop (10-12) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Mister Teddy Tamure gelding out of Thamesdown Tootsie.
Padre Eterno Luso gelding out of Right On Target.
Rich Live (FR) Subotica gelding out of Iona Will.
Royal Chatelier (FR) Video Rock gelding out of Attualita.
Stormy Brook (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden from 5f out, soon no impression, 16th of 17, well behind Loosen My Load (11-7) at Cork 2m N H flat gf in Jun.
Argentia Silver Patriarch mare out of Ludoviciana.
Inkberrow Rose (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, chased winner over 2f out, kept on, always held, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Teenage Kicks (10-11) at Towcester 2m nhf (5) hvy in Nov.
Roxane Bruere (FR) Loup Solitaire mare out of Ifranne.
Roi De Garde (FR) 6-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 10l behind Reverend Green (10-7) at Southwell 1m 6f 4yo nhf (4) std in Jan.
Finger Spin 33-1 (10-5) Held up, always towards rear, 11th of 15, 15l behind Tetlami (11-2) at Cheltenham 1m 6f 4yo NH flat (Listed) (1) sft in Jan.