Bathcounty was well beaten in a Grade 2 event having won his maiden at Stratford in October. Much better is expected here while Farbreaga is likely to make a bold bid for his hat-trick off an 8lb higher mark after scoring at Kempton earlier this month. Invicta Lake had Lava Lamp well behind when winning over track and trip but never figured off an 8lb higher mark last time while All Annalena, who has been competing in better company of late, was due to run yesterday. THUNDERING HOME won at Sandown on Friday and is fancied to post a quick follow-up with Tom Bellamy claiming his full 7lb.
Bathcounty (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Prominent, under pressure 3 out, weakened next, modest 3rd, 3rd of 4, 21l behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.
All Annalena (IRE) 11-2 (10-8) Tracked leader, took keen hold, challenged 4th, not fluent next, led 7th, headed before 3 out where not fluent, no extra last, 4th of 9, 16l behind Prima Porta (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft.
Kambis 14-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, went 3rd before 2 out, chased leader last, weakened run-in, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Romeo Americo (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Farbreaga (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, left 2nd at 5th, not fluent and lost 2nd next, challenged 3 out, led well before next, ridden before last where not fluent, driven out, won at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs beating Hatters River (10-13) by 2l, 18 ran.
Invicta Lake (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Mid-division, weakened 3 out, 8th of 9, 40l behind Minella Special (10-8) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Priest Island (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, ridden before 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 4th of 15, 16l behind Heronshaw (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Ya Hafed 7-2 (10-11) Prominent, led after 2nd, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 22l behind Tanerko Emery (12-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Lava Lamp (GER) 28-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, 24l behind Invicta Lake (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
The Bishops Baby (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) In rear, effort over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 14l behind Karinga Dancer (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.
Thundering Home 5-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway before 2 out, chased leaders 2 out, ridden and every chance last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Islandmagee (11-2) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs.
Morestead (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Ridden to lead, headed 5th, lost place 7th, well beaten after next, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Arthur's Pass (11-10) at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Sun Quest 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 4f out, lost place 3f out, 7th of 9, 13l behind Spoil Me (11-5) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.