Rupert Bear may well have headed the short-list in this had he not been pulled up at Wetherby. Kelso third Ballybroe needs to improve again, however, while Pete is starting to look a light of former days and Young Sparky and The Ferick are returning from a break and were on a downward spiral before that. UPSWING has only had two starts over hurdles and hasn't been disgraced in either. It would be no surprise were he to prove much more progressive than these.
Rupert Bear 18-1 (11-3) In rear, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Billy Twyford (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb, 14 ran.
Ballybroe (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leader to 3 out, driven and no impression in 3rd from next, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Supreme Asset (11-8) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Upswing 7-2 (11-2) Held up rear of mid-division, steady headway after 3 out, went 4th approaching next, stayed on same pace, 4th of 14, 7l behind Edmund Kean (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Dancing Gizmo 33-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, weakened 2 out, 12th of 14, 42l behind Weetfromthechaff (11-5) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct '11.
Pete 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 6th and beaten when mistake last, 6th of 15, 20l behind Home Run (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Shouda (IRE) 80-1 (11-6) Mid-division on inside, mistake and weakened 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind King Helissio (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Young Sparky (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, mistake 4th, soon outpaced, well beaten before 3 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Itstooearly (10-2) at Cartmel 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
The Ferick (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, not fluent 5th, tailed off, blundered last, 10th of 14, 41l behind Set In Her Ways (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.