RED SHERLOCK completed a hat-trick of bumper victories in a Listed event at Cheltenham before making an impressive hurdling debut at Southwell. He'll be at very short odds here but can hardly be opposed before going on to better things. Ocean Waves attracted massive support on his bumper debut at Carlisle in October and, though only just getting up to beat Kilcooley, the runner-up has won easily since so the form looks strong. Bonnet's Vino appeared to enjoy the quick ground when narrowly scoring at Catterick but couldn't follow up over a longer trip on softer going at Fakenham.
Red Sherlock 4-9fav (11-0) Tracked leader, challenged after 3 out, led going well approaching next, clear when ridden before last, comfortably, won at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec beating Canuspotit (10-9) by 14l, 12 ran.
Apache Pilot 33-1 (11-7) Prom til wknd 9; to & pu 2 out, in a race won by Chanceofa Lifetime (12-0) at Haydon 2m 4f ptp sft in May, 10 ran.
Herecomestrouble 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 6f out to over 4f out, soon ridden and no chance with front pair, lost moderate 3rd near finish, 4th of 10, 19l behind Beatu (11-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Dec.
Ocean Waves (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) In touch, headway over 6f out, chasing leaders when outpaced 3f out, rallied over 1f out, stayed on strongly to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Oct beating Kilcooley (11-0) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
The Ramblin Kid 16-1 (12-0) Held up towards rear, 10th 4f out, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 19, 19l behind Star Counsel (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 4f N H flat gd in Oct.
Bonnet's Vino 2-1fav (11-6) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd 9th, hit 3 out, every chance when hit next, soon ridden and one pace approaching last, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Mistral Reine (11-2) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.