Sash Of Honour doesn't look entirely straightforward and was probably flattered by his proximity to easy scorer Pistol at Newbury but did have a previous winner behind and today's rival, My Boy Ginger, was a tailed-off last of five. However, at the likely odds, we'll take him on with WELSH BARD who didn't run at all badly on his hurdling debut at Wetherby where he was easy to back. A winner on the Polytrack, it's anybody's guess how he'll handle the heavy ground but should go close if getting through it. Chris Pea Green wasn't disgraced under a penalty in a bumper here on the Polytrack after winning at Huntingdon and also has claims.
Asian Prince (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Led until after 1st, led 3rd until after next, weakened before 2 out, mistake last, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Irish Saint (11-8) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy in Dec.
Chris Pea Green 7-2 (11-2) Led narrowly, headed over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 8l behind Seedling (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) std in Nov.
King Arthur (GER) 50-1 (10-12) Held up, headway 3 out, ridden in 5th and no impression when fell 2 out, in a race won by Irish Saint (11-8) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
My Boy Ginger 25-1 (10-9) Always in rear, mistake 1st, slow next, pushed along after next, lost touch before 4 out, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Pistol (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy in Dec.
Sash Of Honour (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Chased winner until after 4 out, went badly left 3 out, ridden and edged left approaching 2 out, went 2nd again under pressure before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Pistol (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy in Dec.
Welsh Bard (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders after 5th, plugged on same pace, never on terms, 5th of 11, 32l behind Hidden Justice (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.