Kilbree Chief landed a novice hurdle here and has run well in handicaps on his last two starts, including over an extended three miles at Wetherby. THE RAMBLIN KID is a very progressive staying type who made all for a convincing victory over 2m6f at Newcastle. He's taking on stronger opposition here but is improving enough to take the step-up in his stride. Robbers Roost showed that staying is his game with a battling victory over this trip at Chepstow where the testing conditions played to his strengths. He won't go down without a fight while dual winning bumper Tonvadosa, who made a successful hurdling debut at Kelso, will find this less daunting than the Listed event he competed in at Haydock.
Kilbree Chief (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Led, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Forward Flight (10-6) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy.
Robbers Roost (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway on inside 6th, not fluent next, went 2nd before 3 out, led next, drew clear final 150 yards, won at Chepstow 3m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy beating Always Archie (10-7) by 6l, 6 ran.
The Ramblin Kid 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 5th, ridden 2 out, kept on well towards finish, driven out, won at Newcastle 2m 6f nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb beating Ivy Gate (10-7) by 7l, 8 ran.
Messina Straights 66-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 6f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Grove Silver (11-3) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Strike Fast (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked winner until 8th, lost touch 11th, tailed off 13th, pulled up after, in a race won by Bob Ford (10-9) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (4) sft, 3 ran.
Tetralogy (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Hdwy to ld 13; hdd 3 out; wknd nxt, 3rd of 8, 20l behind Teeiygee (12-0) at Suffolk 3m ptp.
Tonvadosa 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, hard ridden 5 out, weakened next, 7th of 8, 49l behind Carole's Spirit (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f mares listed nov hdl (1) sft in Dec.
Rubyminx 80-1 (10-12) Jumped left, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Maison De Ville (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs, 7 ran.