Mistakes at the last two flights didn't help the cause of Luggers Hall at Bangor but he hasn't done much wrong and Lee Edwards' claim will be a help though VOLCAN SURPRISE may prove too good. Alan King's French import started favourite on his UK debut at Sandown and though finding Dark And Dangerous too strong will have come on for the run and looks a nice prospect. School For Scandal was very consistent on the Flat and is one to keep an eye on while Illustration landed a Catterick handicap on the level by seven lengths and can make further progress. Musnad ended a light campaign on the Flat with a fine run in a York handicap last month and is just the type Brian Ellison does so well with, while King Of The Celts made his hurdling debut in a Listed contest here last month and can do better in this company.
Blake Dean 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd before 2 out, no extra run-in, 6th of 10, 30l behind Kie (10-9) at Kelso 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Illustration (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Soon in touch and driven along, went 2nd 4f out, led well over 1f out, soon hard ridden, stayed on well, eased towards finish, won at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct beating Dubara Reef (9-7) by 7l, 14 ran (flat).
Jan Smuts (IRE) 150-1 (8-11) Reared start, towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, soon outpaced, 7th of 9, 22l behind Tiger Webb (9-6) at Redcar 1m 2f clm stks (6) gd (flat).
King Of The Celts (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) Always rear-division, tailed off, 9th of 12, 37l behind Secret Edge (10-12) at Wetherby 2m Listed hdl 3yo (1) gd in Oct.
Luggers Hall (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Held up in 4th, headway on outside after 3 out, effort and every chance next, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression from last, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Cuban Piece (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gs.
Mia's Anthem (IRE) Royal Anthem gelding out of Windmill View.
Musnad (USA) 14-1 (8-4) Held up in last trio, good headway on outside over 2f out, hung badly left and led well over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind Shamdarley (9-6) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct (flat).
School For Scandal (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led after 1f, clear 5f out, ridden 3f out, kept on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Parlour Games (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr (flat).
Volcan Surprise (FR) 13-8fav (10-12) Disputed lead until approaching 3rd, chased winner, challenged 2 out, soon ridden, no extra and well held before last, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Dark And Dangerous (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft.
Watts Up Son 8-1 (8-11) Made all, soon clear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on gamely, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft beating Uncle Dermot (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran (flat).
Wom 7-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, pressed leader, led narrowly 3f out, ridden and wandered over 1f out, narrowly headed final 100 yards, rallied close home, just failed, 2nd of 13, shd behind Rockweiller (10-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Oct (flat).