The progressive So Fine arrives on the back of a couple of wins and makes his handicap debut. He'll make a bold bid if handling the going, but has yet to race on anything approaching soft ground and GALLOX BRIDGE makes more appeal. He also recorded his double at Uttoxeter in October on a fast surface, but a bumper win in testing ground on his racecourse debut suggests Tim Vaughan's hurdler can produce his best in today's conditions. He's just preferred to No Loose Change, who won a maiden hurdle at Hereford on his latest outing and has to come into the reckoning, while Arctic Wings finished third in similar company at Wetherby recently and he's another to consider along with Chain Of Command.
Star of Angels 33-1 (10-9) Held up behind, struggling 8th, tailed off next, 18th of 19, well behind Poungach (11-4) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec.
So Fine (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Chased leader, left in lead 3rd, made rest, joined when went left last, driven and stayed on gamely run-in, won at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov beating Majorica King (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 17 ran.
Numide (FR) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in rear and keen, looking one pace towards rear when fell 2 out, in a race won by Radetsky March (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Nobunaga 17-2 (11-6) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 5th, ridden and no chance with winner from 2 out, lost poor 2nd last, 3rd of 7, 32l behind Swift Lord (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Chain Of Command (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th and next, headway after 3 out, chased winner approaching 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Grandads Horse (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Oct.
The Pier (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Mid-division, ridden and no extra 3 out, weakened, 12th of 16, 49l behind Nearest The Pin (10-6) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Apr.
Non Dom (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, headway and hit 8th, ridden 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 18, 36l behind Our Father (11-11) at Ascot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Gallox Bridge 9-4fav (11-5) Made all, jumped right and sometimes slowly, hit 3rd, clear after 2 out, eased into last, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Kings Lodge (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
No Loose Change (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) In touch, chased leaders before 6th, led and raced wide before last, soon hung right and headed, ridden and kept on run-in, 3rd of 15, 1/2l behind Ballyrock (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Arctic Wings (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) In touch, ridden and one pace from 3 out, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Simonside (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Henry Hook (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, chased leaders under pressure next, weakened last, 7th of 17, 17l behind Knight Pass (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Cantabilly (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to go 2nd after 3 out, soon no chance with easy winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 18l behind Arab League (10-3) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Buckie Boy (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased leaders when hit next, weakened before last, 11th of 13, 44l behind Bally Legend (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Dec.