Nico De Boinville is good value for his 7lb claim and was on board when Barton Gift overcame mistakes to get the better of Master Cardor Visa over 2m6f at Ffos Las earlier this month. He's 9lb higher now, however, and needs to improve again to follow up here. STORM ALERT has had a short break since finishing third over 3m at Ffos Las in January but this is a slightly easier race and he's fancied to get back to winning ways under regular pilot Lucy Gardner. Midnight Lira edged out Southway Queen over a shorter distance at Plumpton last month and may be the pick of the remainder as Glenwood Prince hasn't really taken to hurdles. Some Secret would have claims if building on his close second to Bravo Bravo at Chepstow 10 days ago but was a long way behind the selection on New Year's Day.
Storm Alert 7-2fav (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway 9th, went left last, no impression on winner when taking 2nd flat, demoted to 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Dream Again Boys (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Midnight Lira 4-1fav (10-11) Always prominent, every chance from after 3 out, led closing stages, all out, won at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) sft in Feb beating Southway Queen (9-10) by shd, 12 ran.
Glenwood Prince (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Held up in touch towards rear on outside, headway approaching 3 out, weakened well before next, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Minellahalfcentury (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Presenting Dr T (IRE) 100-1 (11-10) Chased leader, mistake 1st, lost 2nd and weakened before 8th, tailed off 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Jupiter Rex (10-9) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Feb, 6 ran.
Notcantdoit (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Always behind, ridden and strugging before 7th, losing touch when blundered 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Destroyer Deployed (11-1) at Southwell 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar '12.
Barton Gift 3-1fav (10-10) Mid-division, headway after 5th, went 2nd 7th, led when not fluent next, hit 2 out, ridden approaching last, edged right flat, stayed on, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs beating Master Cardor Visa (10-5) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Brave Buck 100-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, weakened before 6th, tailed off and left 4th before 2 out, 4th of 6, 47l behind Broadway Buffalo (11-8) at Warwick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb.
Brunette'sonly (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Always behind, 10th of 12, 43l behind Midnight Lira (10-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) sft in Feb.
Some Secret 16-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, lost place after 3rd, headway after 6th, led before 2 out, hit last, headed flat, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind Bravo Bravo (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.