Lawney Hill is adept at transforming other trainer's cast-offs so it would be no surprise to see a forward showing from once-useful chaser Andrew Nick. But preference is still for SAINT LUKE, who ran his best race so far over hurdles over C&D on Boxing Day and now looks poised to open his account. Points winner Rathnaroughy could also figure now with Tim Vaughan but Al Shababiya has been well beaten in all three runs over timber and Inkberrow Rose has been well below par since returning from a lay-off.
Rathnaroughy (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Made all, jnd & hdd last, rallied to jn ld close home, won at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp sft in Oct deadheating with Johnnyofcourse (12-0), 11 ran.
Saint Luke (IRE) 3-1 (10-8) Raced wide, led, hit 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, no chance with wnner when lost 2nd before last, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Ben's Folly (11-7) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Andrew Nick (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Chased leader until before 13th, soon driven along and outpaced next, struggling 16th, tailed off, last of 3, 44l behind Cullahill (9-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) fm in May.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, reminders after 5th, headway to 4th after 3 out, went poor 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 8, 26l behind Meister Eckhart (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Changing Lanes 13-2 (10-10) Soon prominent, weakened after 6th, tailed off 9th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Oscar Prairie (10-11) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Inkberrow Rose (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, weakened from 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Love of Tara (11-8) at Hereford 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Freeline Fury 20-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders, slow jump 1st, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Ben's Folly (11-7) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.