Kellys Brow shrugged off an absence to beat Big Society at Ludlow but the runner-up is fancied to turn that form around here on 6lb better terms. Smadynium is probably the pick of the three Donald McCain runners but there shouldn't be much between the trio, though they all look to be facing a stiff task at the weights in this. Liberty Court, Oscar Magic and the mare Tweedledrum should all be in the firing-line, however, and the lightly-raced Chesterten won very easily at Warwick earlier this month and is capable of further progress. But so is TORNADO IN MILAN, who got off the mark at Plumpton last month. A hood has made Evan Williams' seven-year-old concentrate and he might still be well handicapped.
Bathwick Brave (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) In touch in mid-division, lost place 7th, brought down 3 out, in a race won by Salubrious (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) sft, 23 ran.
Kellys Brow (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway after 6th, mistake 8th, led before 3 out, clear last, stayed on well, won at Ludlow 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb beating Big Society (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Smadynium (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, not fluent 3 out, no extra from 2 out, 7th of 10, 16l behind Salubrious (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Moscow Presents (IRE) 4-9fav (11-10) Keen tracked leaders, short of room approaching 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, ridden to join winner and every chance last, not quicken and no extra near finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Picks Milan (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Big Society (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) In rear, not fluent, pushed along 6th, beginning to close when mistake 3 out, hampered next, stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Kellys Brow (11-11) at Ludlow 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb.
Liberty Court (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway 2nd, not fluent 6th, challenged after 3 out, led before 2 out, went left and hit last, headed flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Heronry (11-7) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Oscar Magic (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged 2nd, led after next until 4th, stayed close up, ridden when jumped left 2 out, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 3l behind O'Faolains Boy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Chestertern 15-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led well before 2 out, soon clear, easily, won at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Typhon De Guye (10-10) by 17l, 12 ran.
Tornado In Milan (IRE) 7-4fav (11-10) Led after 1st, driven clear 2 out, jumped left last, easily, won at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb beating Engai (11-1) by 5l, 10 ran.
Tweedledrum 10-11fav (11-2) Tracked leading pair, hit 2nd, went 2nd 4th, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, soon shaken up and in command, stayed on strongly flat, won at Doncaster 3m mares listed nov hdl (1) gd beating Wilde Ruby (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 3 ran.
Hi George 8-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened before last, 13th of 15, 39l behind Parc Des Princes (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Best Boy Barney (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Led until after 5th, ridden approaching 2 out, 3rd and one pace last, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Minella Definitely (11-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Ballyben (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 6, 27l behind Mwaleshi (11-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) sft.
Valleyofmilan (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 3rd 3 out, ridden 2 out, kept on to take 4th towards finish, 4th of 14, 10l behind Mitchell's Way (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd.
Green Wizard (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, challenged and every chance on outside 3 out, led briefly last, ridden and stayed on flat, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Turbo Du Ranch (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.