GREEN FLAG is very much at home on heavy ground, as he proved when beating three previous winners in a better race over 2m6f at Newcastle a month ago. Lucinda Russell's charge is fancied to give the weight away to another former pointer, Baltimoar, who makes his hurdling debut today. Romany Ryme has also won between the flags but hasn't shown much so far under Rules while She Will Rock You, a stablemate of the selection, also needs to improve. Old Devereux may be best of the rest but might need this.
Green Flag (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 3 out, clear 2 out, pressed after last, edged left run-in, asserted towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) hvy in Dec beating Maggio (11-6) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
Ballet D'anges (FR) 16-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, ridden after 4 out and struggling, a remote 4th 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 12, well behind Carpincho (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov '10.
Ballybogey (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Twrds rr, b mstk 1/2 way, nev involved, pu last, in a race won by Hey R Fella (11-4) at Taylorstown 3m ire ptp sft in Oct '11, 13 ran.
Baltimoar (IRE) 4-11fav (11-7) Tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 11l behind Ballyben (10-4) at Haydock 2m NH flat (4) sft in Nov.
Here's To Harry 33-1 (10-11) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 12th of 15, well behind Woodpole Academy (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) hvy in Dec.
Old Devereux (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Mid div, 5th & mstk 5out, fair 4th aftr 4out & lft 2nd 2out, 2l 2nd & mstk last, ld brfly early flat, no ex, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Tothemoonandback (11-7) at Dromahane 2m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Romany Ryme 9-4 (11-7) Tracked leader to 9th, ridden after 4 out, one pace from 3 out, in 3rd when blundered 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 5, 17l behind Tommysteel (11-13) at Perth 2m 4f nov hts chs (6) gd in May.
Yourlookinathim (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, struggling 4 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Imperial Vic (11-5) at Musselburgh 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
She Will Rock You (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Mistake 1st, chased leading pair until outpaced approaching last (normal 3 out), 5th of 6, 32l behind Lucematic (10-10) at Kelso 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.