Only King Of The Wolds and Granville Island of these have not won at the track. The former never threatened when favourite over a shorter trip here last time but the latter scored at Catterick last month, though is now on a career-high mark. Robbie alternates between fences and hurdles but is on a winning mark and can't be ignored and makes more appeal than Jack The Gent, who has been out of sorts for a while. BILLY THE CUCKOO had Shadows Lengthen well behind when successful over course and distance at the start of the month. He ran as though something was amiss at Leicester subsequently and may be worth another chance.
Robbie 16-1 (11-11) Held up behind, effort before 3 out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 48l behind Master Of The Game (11-3) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Jan.
King Of The Wolds (IRE) 3-1fav (10-5) Held up mid-division, weakened before 5 out, 4th of 8, 25l behind Simply Ned (10-11) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs (2) gs in Jan.
Granville Island (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Close up, challenged 3 out, not fluent 2 out, ridden before last, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan beating Pearls Legend (11-8) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Shadows Lengthen 11-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, mistake 4th, pushed along and weakened before 4 out, 6th of 7, 30l behind Billy Cuckoo (10-13) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Held up, pushed along after 5th, behind from 7th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Rydalis (10-10) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft, 6 ran.
Jack The Gent (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Prominent on outside, ridden 4f out, lost place over 3f out, 4th and well held final 2f, 4th of 6, 24l behind Any Given Day (11-0) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std.