Lysino has been inconsistent since arriving with winning form from Germany and disappointed when favourite in heavy ground at Newcastle last time. Hawaii Five Nil may well be much better than his form figures suggest as he was a decent performer in bumpers and makes his handicap debut over timber though his three runs to date haven't shown us much. PERSIAN HERALD had lost his way before joining Sue Smith and he made most for an emphatic victory in heavy going at Southwell. He's up 6lb but his rider's claim takes care of half of that and a quick double looks on the cards. Dual Flat winner Gold Show should find a race over hurdles soon though probably over further.
Hartside (GER) 33-1 (9-10) Trackeed leaders, lost place 3 out, ridden and weakened after next, last of 10, 44l behind Lac Fontana (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Hawaii Five Nil (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Stood at start for 20 seconds before getting going, mid-division, headway 5th, weakened 2 out, 8th of 9, 35l behind Ballyalton (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd in Dec.
Persian Herald 8-1 (11-5) Led, headed narrowly 4th, driven to lead again after 3 out, clear when ridden between last 2, stayed on well, won at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan beating Santo Thomas (11-11) by 6l, 8 ran.
Gold Show 7-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden before 2 out, chased winner last, no impression, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Getabuzz (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Lysino (GER) 5-2fav (10-13) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 9, 18l behind Sam Lord (11-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Short Takes (USA) 20-1 (10-13) Always in rear, 7th of 11, well behind Grate Fella (11-8) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Carters Rest 25-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, ridden and lost place after 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Blake Dean (10-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Vodka Red (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up behind on outside, outpaced 4 out, weakened before next, 8th of 9, well behind Rhymers Stone (11-4) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.