Winning point-to-pointer SHE RANKS ME landed two Listed races over hurdles just over a year ago and almost made it a hat-trick in that grade when just touched off at Sandown. She's been lightly-raced subsequently and has been found a nice opportunity to make a successful chasing debut. Ballyben landed a maiden hurdle at Hexham in October but didn't show much on his chasing bow at Newcastle, where Harrys Bow fell, though he'll have come on for the experience. Vasco Du Mee has shown virtually nothing so far and though runner-up to Suntiep at Fairyhouse he was beaten a distance and most of the field failed to finish. Tiny Dancer makes his chasing debut and is bred for the job so it would be no surprise if he chased home the selection.
Ballyben (IRE) 15-8 (10-7) Tracked leaders, left 2nd at 12th, lost place 5 out, kept on same pace, no impression in clear 3rd from next, 3rd of 5, 17l behind Swatow Typhoon (11-0) at Newcastle 3m beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Tiny Dancer (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway when left 3rd and slightly hampered 4th, went 2nd 3 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on same pace flat and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Gulf Punch (11-9) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Vasco Du Mee (FR) 25-1 (11-1) Towards rear, poor 5th at 9th, slight mistake 5 out, soon no danger, left a couple of place better straight, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, well behind Suntiep (11-12) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f beg chase hvy.
Harrys Whim 25-1 (10-3) In touch in 4th, pushed along before 15th, weakened before 2 out, blundered last, last of 5, well behind Alpha Victor (11-3) at Sedgefield 3m 3f nov chs (4) hvy in Jan.
She Ranks Me (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, effort 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 5, 11l behind Special Catch (10-12) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.