Tidal Dance may be capable of reversing Warwick running with Kris Spin on slightly better terms but the pair are climbing the weights. Awaywiththegreys and Ugly Bug are closely matched on course and distance running in December but Tullyesker Hill is improving judged on his win at Warwick and Viva Steve was second when put back over hurdles at Doncaster earlier this month. ONE IN A MILAN ran a fine race in the Welsh National here last time, finishing fourth. It's no surprise that Evan Williams has put him back over hurdles as he can race off a 15lb lower mark and he gets the nod as the handicapper appears reluctant to loosen his grip on Buddy Bolero or Cyrien Star.
Awaywiththegreys (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Close up, lost 2nd 4 out, pushed along before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 21l behind Saphir Du Rheu (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f ltd hcp hdl (2) hvy.
Buddy Bolero (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Led and disputed, advantage before 7th, headed 9th, chased winner until soon after 12th, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 8, 30l behind Planet Of Sound (11-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan.
Tidal Dance (IRE) 15-8fav (11-3) Led, bumped 2nd, pushed along after 3 out, headed before 2 out, ridden and lost 2nd between last 2, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Knight Of Noir (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) hvy.
Kris Spin (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 8th, led 3 out, went left and not fluent last, driven out, won at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan beating Tidal Dance (12-1) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Tullyesker Hill (IRE) 5-2fav (11-3) Mid-division in 5th, headway before 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, led before last, clear run-in, won at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft beating Cadeau George (10-11) by 5l, 12 ran.
Cyrien Star 17-2 (10-5) Prominent, lost 2nd when not fluent 9th, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 12, 36l behind Uncle Jimmy (10-1) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Ugly Bug 7-2fav (11-2) Led, pushed along before 3 out, ridden and headed last, weakened run-in, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Extreme Impact (10-6) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
One In A Milan (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Held up, mistake 7th, headway 15th, went 4th before last, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 20, 8l behind Mountainous (10-0) at Chepstow 3m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.
Viva Steve (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Led, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Everaard (10-2) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.