A very disappointing turnout with no sign of ability so far over timber by any of those with experience so newcomer STAGECOACH DANMAN may be good enough as he scored on the Flat for Mark Johnston and has little to beat. Band Of Thunder has been well beaten in both starts over hurdles though not as far as Drawn Free while Educated Son, who at least showed a little potential on the Flat, was soon done with on his hurdling debut at Newton Abbot. Mentalist won a couple of races on the level in France but ran a shocker when fancied on his hurdling debut at Sandown though he could prove the main threat with improvement likely.
Band Of Thunder 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leader until after 2nd, in touch, not fluent 3 out, soon last and no impression, 4th of 5, 16l behind A Little Bit Dusty (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 3yo clm hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Boogie Knight Tobougg gelding out of Brave Vanessa.
Drawn Free (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) Held up, pushed along before 6th, soon struggling, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Colebrooke (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Educated Son 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, under pressure 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 7, 35l behind Captain Sharpe (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Mentalist (FR) 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leading trio, slow and went left 1st and next, slow again 3rd, weakened well before 2 out, eased, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Dark And Dangerous (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Stagecoach Danman (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, faded over 1f out, 10th of 15, 13l behind Suhaili (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct (flat).
Lady Bridget 22-1 (10-2) In touch, ridden and lost place 4f out, soon behind, 12th of 13, 37l behind Cultural Desert (10-11) at Salisbury 1m am hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul (flat).