John Ferguson has suffered a few reversals lately but still has an incredible strike-rate and WHISPERING GALLERY should keep up the good work. A high-class performer on the Flat for Godolphin and twice a winner at Meydan when last seen in 2011, he started odds-on for his hurdling debut at Leicester where he wandered around in the straight due to lack of experience. He's entered in several races at Cheltenham and this looks an ideal stepping-stone. Bobowen has been alternating between hurdles and fences and has won his last two over the smaller obstacles. He's capable of a big effort here as is Deise Dynamo, a very easy winner on his hurdling debut in testing ground before a couple of decent efforts in similar company to this.
Bobowen (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, blundered 6th, mistake and lost place 9th, behind when mistake 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Nadiya De La Vega (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct, 20 ran.
Deise Dynamo (IRE) 2-1 (11-2) Led, headed 2 out, soon ridden, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Fourjacks (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Whispering Gallery 8-11fav (11-5) Always prominent, not fluent 2nd, challenged on bit 2 out, led last, quickened up to assert, easily, won at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Wake Your Dreams (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Blue Lodge (IRE) 150-1 (11-2) Towards rear, weakened before 7th, 12th of 14, well behind Get Back In Line (11-2) at Catterick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft.
Markem (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, disputed lead 4th, led narrowly after 4 out to next, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair when lost 3rd before last, 4th of 10, 31l behind Dursey Sound (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Minella Fifty (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, weakend before 2 out, 11th of 13, 45l behind African Gold (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft.
Pass Muster 80-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 9th of 17, 48l behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft.
Triggers Sun 66-1 (10-12) Prominent, reminders before 8th, soon lost place, tailed off, 9th of 11, dis behind Seebright (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft.
Wolf Shield (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) In rear, headway before 7th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 11, well behind Seebright (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft.
She Will Rock You (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up in mid-division, well behind from 8th, went poor 4th after, tailed off, 4th of 9, 50l behind Green Flag (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Jan.
Tinkwood (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up behind, pushed along after 5th, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 11, 29l behind Utopie Des Bordes (11-3) at Doncaster 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd.
Nowdoro 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, soon pushed along, jumped slowly and lost place next, not fluent 3rd, well behind 5th, 6th of 11, 42l behind Bordoni (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl (4) sft.