Awaywiththegreys never seems to run a bad race but you get the impression that the handicapper just has his measure at the moment. Hartforth has shot up the weights after winning three times this season. But he did score by 23 lengths at Catterick last time and may not have stopped improving yet. Towcester winner Ampleforth should improve for the step up to 3m and better going while Dawn Commander has been waiting for the ground to dry out and landed a jumpers' bumper on the Polytrack a couple of weeks ago. DROP OUT JOE just failed to give 6lb to the useful Warden Hill over track and trip in December and then ran well against more experienced rivals in a Pertemps qualifier at Warwick. He's worth an interest today with Kielan Woods taking off 3lb.
Awaywiththegreys (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 4th, ridden after 6th, close 3rd last, no impression flat, one pace, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Buddy Bolero (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Dawn Commander (GER) 9-2 (11-2) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway on insid eover 2f out, switched left 2f out, ridden and went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won going away, won at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb beating Polisky (11-2) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Drop Out Joe 20-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 9th until after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, not fluent last, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Uncle Jimmy (10-1) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Hartforth 10-1 (9-12) Held up in touch, headway before 2 out, went 3rd before last, led before last, soon left clear, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan beating American Life (10-11) by 23l, 9 ran.
Ampleforth 11-4 (11-4) In touch on inside, challenged before 3 out, ridden last, led narrowly flat, edged left final 50 yards, kept on towards finish, won at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Tara Road (11-4) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Low Gales (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and beaten after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 7th of 10, 47l behind Fountains Mary (11-6) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.