Gullinbursti about to peak
David John with the latest update on horses to follow in National Hunt Notebook 2012/13.
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There have been four Notebook horses in action since the start of the year with three running on the card at Exeter on New Year's Day.
We will start with Beckhani in the novices' hurdle for Jonjo O'Neill where he finished a well-held third.
He was stepped up in trip from two miles and looked pretty leg-weary in the heavy ground but he is a nice scopey type and is not one to give up on just yet.
The very testing ground is just what Gullinbursti enjoys and he showed much more like it in the novices' chase over three miles.
He had faded rather tamely on the previous occasion at Haydock Park but was only just run out of things in the closing stages by favourite Paul Nicholls' Hawkes Point.
He jumped soundly for Dougie Costello and his turn must be just around the corner.
Pinkneys Prince had a first outing in handicap company and he travelled in quite promising fashion for a long way until unable to find any extra from the second last.
He is another horse who could win a race now he seems to have found his level but similar to Beckhani, it is hard to draw a firm conclusion about this effort while the ground remains desperate as he looks as though this extra distance will suit.
Finally, Papamoa continues to mix it in some pretty hot novice chases in the north.
His latest start at Ayr saw him struggling under pressure down the back straight and to be fair to the grey, he stuck to his guns reasonably well at a respectable distance behind Real Milan.
There remains the distinct impression he can add to his tally when tackling handicap company over a real test of stamina.