BOLD ADDITION is making steady progress over hurdles and this looks his easiest task to date in handicaps. He's finished a close-up fourth on both starts this season, handles soft ground and is open to further improvement. It's hard to assess the value of Tenor Nivernais' two victories over hurdles at Vichy last August and the French import is worth noting in the betting on his debut for Venetia Williams. Minnie Hill can be given a chance on the evidence of her win in heavy ground at Exeter in November but it was only a seller that If I Had Him won at Taunton last time and this is tougher.
Bold Addition (FR) 3-1fav (11-5) Close up, chased leaders 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, stayed on under pressure from last, not pace to challenge, 4th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Marleno (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Dec.
King's Revenge 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 6th, weakened after next, 13th of 23, well behind Aegean Dawn (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Tuanku (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Towards rear, some headway 3 out, no impression under pressure soon after, 7th of 14, 18l behind Marleno (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Dec.
Alesandro Mantegna (IRE) 9-1 (10-6) Chased leader, led 4th, pecked and headed 5th, led again approaching 7th, hit 11th, headed after 6 out, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, in 6th when unseated rider last, in a race won by Mount Oscar (10-11) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Nov, 15 ran.
Henry Hook (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 10th of 13, 39l behind Salpierre (11-10) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Helens Vision 8-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, reminders after 7th, soon lost place tailed off from 9th, 10th of 12, well behind Bellflower Boy (11-3) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Dec.
Setter's Princess 20-1 (10-3) Chased leaders on outer, hit and chased winner from 5th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 18, 32l behind Silver Gypsy (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, under pressure when mistake 2 out, soon faded, 10th of 16, 27l behind Gold Reef (10-13) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (3) gs in Nov.
Haarth Sovereign (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, hampered 3 out, effort next, never dangerous, 5th of 11, 20l behind Alazan (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in May.
If I Had Him (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Chased leaders in 3rd, reminders approaching and left in lead 6th, ridden approaching 2 out, stayed on towards finish, won at Taunton 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Nov beating Dark Energy (11-5) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Minnie Hill (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Led and keen, headed approaching and hampered 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 12l behind Babilu (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
White On Black (GER) 12-1 (11-2) Always last, lost touch 6th, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Forget It (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Russian Song (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Towards rear, not fluent 4th, hit 6th, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Brenin Cwmtudu (10-8) at Hereford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 12 ran.
Forest Rhythm (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders on outside, raced wide and lost place bend after 5th, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Sparrow Hills (9-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft, 14 ran.
Tenor Nivernais (FR) (10-10) won at Vichy(FR) 2m 1f hdl gd in Aug beating Dubai Sport (10-10) by 1l, 11 ran.
Russian Epic 10-1 (9-12) Raced keenly, tracked leaders on inside, pecked 5th, challenged 3 out, ridden and lost place before next, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 42l behind Sparrow Hills (9-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Cortinas (GER) 6-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway approaching 5th, in 3rd when hampered and left 2nd at 6th, not fluent 3 out, ridden after 2 out, weakened from last, 3rd of 12, 8l behind If I Had Him (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Chilbury Hill (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Close up, headway to chase leading pair when hit 6th, weakened after 3 out,, 8th of 15, 20l behind Henry King (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.