Ratify won at Towcester in November and was second at Uttoxeter a month later. But he's still creeping up the weights and has to give 14lb to LITTLE JIMMY. Tom Gretton's charge has more scope than these and rattled up a hat-trick around this time last year. He's also a couple of pounds higher than the last of those victories. Chapel House has shown signs of a revival lately but races from 7lb out of the handicap and Silver Steel also looks vulnerable in this grade.
Ratify 6-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, joined leaders on outside 8th, led 3 out, soon ridden, headed next, kept on same pace, no impression with winner approaching last, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Hollins (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Little Jimmy 7-2 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway 6th, chased clear leader next, effort 3 out, soon beaten, modest 2nd, 2nd of 7, 49l behind Divine Intavention (11-6) at Catterick 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Silver Steel (FR) 20-1 (11-6) In rear, headway 6 out, chased leaders 5 out, weakened before 4 out, 7th of 8, well behind Oh Right (10-3) at Musselburgh 3m cond hcp chs (5) gs in Jan.
Chapel House 6-1 (9-13) Mid-division, closed 3rd, challenged 10th, every chance 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 9, 19l behind Fitandproperjob (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4f cond hcp chs (5) sft in Jan.