No Such Number won on his hurdling debut at Southwell but was then beaten out of sight at Kempton, though this is a big drop in class. Willow Island also appears in this grade for the first time over hurdles but Slaney Star has already finished second twice in sellers since the turn of the year while To The Sky is another with recent placed form at this level. HERBALIST showed little over timber in the autumn but was fourth over 1m4f on the Flat at Brighton last week and was second on the Polytrack earlier. With his weight-for-age allowance, he could be the one in this if lasting home.
No Such Number 40-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, lost place 4 out, tailed off, 16th of 17, well behind Oscar Hoof (11-7) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Blue Grand (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, some headway approaching 6th, soon weakened, 5th of 9, well behind Foggy's Wall (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Carrowbeg (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Not fluent 5th, always towards rear, tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Ericht (11-11) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb '13.
Slaney Star (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Close up, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 11, 17l behind Shadarpour (11-5) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
To The Sky (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Led at decent pace and soon clear, hit 3 out, narrowly headed 2 out, chased winner, chance last, no extra in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Captain Sharpe (11-1) at Taunton 2m 1f sel hcp hdle 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Willow Island (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along 6th, driven after 3 out, left 3rd next, ridden and stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 20l behind Max Ward (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Winneys Boy 150-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden over 5f out, weakened from 3f out, 15th of 16, well behind Ballybolley (11-3) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Zafaraban (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, tailed off when refused and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Decimus (11-1) at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 12 ran.
Herbalist 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Violet Dancer (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Bell'arte (IRE) 100-1 (10-8) Mid-division, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 8th of 12, 22l behind Fine Moment (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.