There is likely to be much more to come from hurdles and point-to-point winner Fox Run under Rules but it's not certain that this trip on the Polytrack will prove ideal. Little Chip was placed twice in bumpers around this time last year and, though yet to win a race of any description, seems sure to be to the fore here given his yard was in fine form before the winter weather arrived. He has to go on the short-list but KEEP KICKING was only beaten a length in one of these at Lingfield last week and his only win so far came in a Sedgefield bumper. He gets a tentative vote to go one better though Peintre Ster, who holds similar credentials, is respected and Ut Majeur Aulmes won a NH Flat race in France last year and was second over hurdles at Uttoxeter in November.
Fox Run (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway to track leaders after 4 out, outpaced after 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 9, 41l behind Coneygree (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Keep Kicking (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Hollow Penny (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std.
Koup De Kanon (FR) 6-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, 10th of 13, 21l behind Stormy Weather (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Feb.
Little Chip (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Mid-division, struggling 5 out, soon lost touch, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Shaking Hands (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Monroe Park (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) With leader, led 3rd, headed 8th, weakened 2 out, 4th of 5, 17l behind Aghill (11-6) at Fakenham 2m 4f sell hdl (5) sft.
Peintre Ster (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon tracked leader, kept on to chase winner and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Cousin Khee (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std.
Riddlestown (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, outpaced 2 out, stayed on to go modest 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 41l behind Ubaldo Des Menhies (11-5) at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Spanish Treasure (GER) 9-2 (11-4) Always towards rear, 7th of 8, 7l behind Cousin Khee (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std.
Stockade 100-1 (11-6) Held up behind, chased leaders briefly 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Benvolio (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 12 ran.
Ut Majeur Aulmes (FR) 14-1 (10-7) Held up in rear and keen, headway before 2 out, every chance before last, kept on to take 2nd place run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Supreme Asset (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Fulgora 9-4fav (11-4) Chased leaders, pushed along approaching 4 out, weakened soon after 4 out, well beaten when mistake last, 6th of 7, 29l behind Denali Highway (11-8) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Semi Colon (FR) 5-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along 7th, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 11, 33l behind Loose Chips (11-12) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.