Sadler's Risk was impressive on his hurdling debut over C&D, though may not have beaten much. Similar sentiments can be expressed about Dildar's victory at Taunton while both of Dark And Dangerous' wins came against modest opposition and he was found wanting in better company in between. Baby Mix dropped away very tamely at Cheltenham last time and has to concede weight all round so this can go to French import UNE ARTISTE. She made the most of her filly's allowance to beat five previous winners at Haydock last week and is still open to improvement over timber. Kayalar should be watched with an eye to the future.
Baby Mix (FR) 7-4fav (11-7) Keen early, tracked leaders, hit 3rd, chased leader when mistake 2 out, lost place between last 2, ridden and edged right approaching last, soon weakened, last of 6, 27l behind Grumeti (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 2 (1) gs in Jan.
Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Took keen hold and prominent, led approaching 2 out, went left 2 out and last, driven out, won at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Hi Note (10-9) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Dildar (IRE) 8-15fav (10-7) Not fluent, held up in mid-division, headway 6th, went 2nd 2 out, edged left and led flat, ran on, won at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan beating Sew On Target (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Sadler's Risk (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Led to after 2nd, tracked leaders, headway to lead before last (usual 2 out), stayed on to go well clear on long flat, eased towards finish, easily, won at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Jan beating Otto The Great (10-9) by 17l, 11 ran.
Hurricane Herbie (IRE) (10-3) 98th of 17, 37l behind Wonder Charm (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 1f hdl gs in Nov.
Kayalar (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, smooth headway 2f out, effort entering final furlong, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, ran on, readily, won at Lingfield 1m 5f mdn stks (5) pol beating Zarzal (9-3) by 3/4l, 8 ran (flat).
Orthodox Lad 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, ridden before 3 out, no impression on winner when pressing for 2nd flat, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind West Brit (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo hdl (3) gs.
Une Artiste (FR) 10-11fav (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, challenged before 2 out, led before and blundered last, kept on well, won at Haydock 2m 4yo hdl (2) sft beating High Samana (11-3) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.