Jewellery is proving difficult to win with and Alison Thorpe's filly is probably worth taking on here with RHYTON. Donald McCain's gelding is no world-beater himself but got closer to Sun Tzu at Stratford last month than Alison Thorpe's filly did at Ffos Las a week ago and seems to have found his level now. Emerald Glade won twice on the Flat last year and, though well beaten on her hurdling debut at Ludlow, has more scope than her rivals and is preferred to Bangor second Robello of the remainder.
Phlorian 50-1 (11-0) In rear, struggling over 4f out, 10th of 13, 21l behind Peintre Ster (10-7) at Lingfield 2m mdn n h flat (5) std in Mar.
Resplendent Ace (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Behind, struggling 4th, never dangerous, 13th of 16, 34l behind Eastlake (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Robello 66-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 5th, ridden and well held before 2 out, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 35l behind Bear's Affair (11-6) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Rhyton (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, left in narrow lead 3rd, headed after 5th, led again before 7th, joined appoaching bypassed 3 out, not fluent next, soon ridden, kept on under pressure until headed and no extra flat, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Sun Tzu (10-10) at Stratford 2m 3f sll hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Rolanta (FR) 7-1 (10-7) Led to 2 out (usual 3 out), soon lost place, ridden and kept on same pace from next, no impression, 5th of 11, 12l behind Stravita (10-5) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) fm.
Emerald Glade (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, mistake 7th, headway approaching 8th, soon went 4th and tracking leaders, weakened approaching 3 out, demoted to 5th last, tailed off, 5th of 13, well behind Kaituna (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Fraamtaaztiic 150-1 (9-11) Mid-division, behind when fell 5th, in a race won by Grey Gold (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 16 ran.
Jewellery (IRE) 5-2fav (9-11) Held up in touch, chased leaders halfway, went 2nd 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 12l behind Sun Tzu (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m sell (5) gd.