Hexham second Switched Off doesn't find much off the bridle and still looks too high in the weights. Royal Deal turned in a shocker at Wetherby last week while all the evidence suggests this is too far for The Fonz. Cheat The Cheater dropped away quickly at Uttoxeter last time in a race in which Hassadin was pulled up after being forced off the track. The latter might be worth another chance while Wheres The Hare could go close if fully wound-up. GRADUATION NIGHT runs over hurdles for the first time in two years but has won off a 7lb higher mark over fences and Richard Johnson looks a significant jockey booking following a break - he gets the nod.
Switched Off 12-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway after 2 out, every chance last, kep ton and no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Chavoy (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place after 4th, closed next, struggling after 8th, well beaten before 3 out, 7th of 12, 30l behind Rich Buddy (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Hassadin 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leader, took wrong course (went wrong side of doll) and pulled up before 4th, in a race won by Rich Buddy (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd, 12 ran.
The Fonz 9-2 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 8f out to chase leaders, weakened 2f out, 4th of 11, 15l behind The Fox's Decree (10-11) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.
Wheres The Hare (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Always prominent, driven to challenge and every chance approaching omitted 3 out, soon ridden, one pace when lost 2nd over 1f out, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Sixty Something (11-7) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Green Hackle (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Behind, jumped slowly 2nd, reminder 5th, tailed off 12th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Addiction (11-1) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd, 17 ran.
Graduation Night 11-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, hard ridden 15th, soon lost place, behind when pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Arbor Supreme (10-4) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Staccato Valtat (FR) 25-1 (11-2) Always in rear, never on terms, 10th of 13, 17l behind Della Sun (10-8) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Ebony River (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 7th of 13, 43l behind Nicene Creed (10-8) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Royal Deal 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division, weakened before 7th, tailed off, 13th of 19, well behind Mrs Eff (9-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.