ANNIE POWER will be a short price to extend her unbeaten record under Rules. Despite re-opposing on worse terms, she beat Zarkandar far more easily at Cheltenham last time than she had at Ascot in November and none of her rivals have the same progressive profile. Cockney Sparrow kept My Tent Or Yours up to his work in the Fighting Fifth last time having beaten Alasi and Doyly Carte in a Listed hurdle at Wetherby earlier. She looks the only conceivable danger if the drop in distance counts against Willie Mullins' mare as Pass The Time is only a handicapper.
Annie Power (IRE) 2-5fav (11-5) Tracked leader, led 2 out, shaken up and easily drew clear final 150 yards, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl (2) sft beating Zarkandar (11-12) by 8l, 3 ran.
Cockney Sparrow 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd at 5th, challenged 3 out, outpaced in 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 8, 3l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Nov.
Doyly Carte 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, took keen hold, led 2 out, hit last, soon headed, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Rolling Star (11-6) at Haydock 2m hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Alasi 25-1 (10-13) Held up inrear, headway 3 out, soon no impression, 5th of 7, 12l behind Riverside Theatre (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec.
Pass The Time 9-2 (10-2) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, jumped left last, kept on well, won at Taunton 2m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov beating She Ranks Me (11-12) by 11l, 5 ran.