After victories at Ayr and Sedgefield, Fly Home Harry's bid to complete a hat-trick on the latter track ended in defeat though the slow gallop he set may not have been ideal as he was outpaced in the closing stages. Blue Heron made all and stayed on well over 1m6f at Ludlow but this is tougher and he has a penalty to contend with. After a promising introduction, RIVER DEEP was made odds-on here in January but had to scramble to see off Zeroeshadesofgrey. The runner-up has been unbeaten in two subsequent starts so the form looks strong enough for this. Border Breaker is an interesting entry having won a point-to-point at Castletown in Ireland in October but Beaufort Boy was beaten out of sight when runner-up at Fontwell.
Fly Home Harry 7-4fav (11-7) Led, driven over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, held inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Wolf Sword (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Blue Heron (IRE) 4-5fav (11-2) Made all, driven clear 3f out to over 1f out, ridden and hard pressed when edged left inside final furlong, held on under pressure, won at Ludlow 1m 6f nhf (4) gs in Dec beating Hughesie (10-9) by 1l, 6 ran.
River Deep (IRE) 4-5fav (11-5) Led 1f, tracked leader, led again over 7f out, hung left from over 2f out, stayed on, always just holding 2nd, won at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan beating Zeroeshadesofgrey (11-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Arthamint Passing Glance gelding out of Araminta.
Beaufort Boy (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Tracked leading trio, went 3rd over 7f out, went distant 2nd 5f out, never any chance with very easy winner, well tailed off, 2nd of 5, well behind Otago Trail (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Border Breaker (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Tr ldrs, went 3rd 2out, rdn to chall aftr 2out, adv when left clr last, row, won at Castletown-Geoghegan 3m ire ptp gd in Oct beating Some Kid (10-13) by 6l, 9 ran.
Red Hott Robbie Revoque gelding out of Abbiejo.
Destiny's Gold (IRE) 28-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 4f out, never on terms, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 15l behind Imagine The Chat (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Robin Brook (IRE) Robin Des Pres filly out of Gaybrook Girl.