ARCHIE RICE was the subject of controversy at Huntingdon last time after his young rider overdid the waiting tactics and could finish only fourth. Tom Keddy's charge had travelled really well through the race and with Timmy Murphy taking over the reins today, he looks set to open his account over timber. However, there are plenty of others open to improvement not least Spirit D'Armor, who will have come on for his debut sixth at Kempton, while dual bumper winner The Strawberry One could also figure on her hurdling bow. Storm Survivor and Bariolo, a winner on the Flat, are others to consider.
Archie Rice (USA) 14-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, steady headway before 2 out, kept on from last, nearest at finish, 4th of 15, 8l behind First In The Queue (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gs.
Bariolo (FR) 8-1 (9-2) Held up in last pair, driven well over 1f out, stayed on past beaten horses inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Beaubrav (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb (flat).
Bute Street 8-1 (9-5) Raced wide held up, ridden 3f out, not troubled leaders, last of 8, 33l behind Gandalf (9-9) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb (flat).
Cody Wyoming 33-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, modest 7th after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Sunley Peace (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gf.
Crazy Colours 20-1 (8-9) Slowly away, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, no impression, 7th of 14, 8l behind Lunar River (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp (0-50) (7) pol in Feb (flat).
Diamond Twister (USA) 11-2 (8-10) Raced in rear, outpaced over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Where's Susie (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol (flat).
Eagle Nebula 7-2 (9-10) In touch, effort entering final 2f, ridden to go 3rd 1f out until post, 4th of 8, 6l behind Gandalf (9-9) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb (flat).
Jacko's Boy 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4th until approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 16, well behind Grey Gold (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Mission Complete (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, not fluent 3rd, ridden and struggling before 3 out, went poor 4th before last, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Super Directa (11-1) at Folkestone 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Nik Nak Too 100-1 (11-2) Slow 1st, soon well behind, tailed off 4 out, 11th of 14, well behind Henry King (11-9) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Padys Arkle (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Behind, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by The Hague (10-11) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb, 13 ran.
Petit Ecuyer (FR) 25-1 (11-2) In touch, went right 4th, ridden in 4th after 3 out, weakened soon after, 7th of 10, well behind Gurtacrue (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Spirit D'armor (FR) 8-1 (10-10) Held up in touch, mistake 2nd, not fluent 3 out, ridden and pressing leaders next, no extra last, 6th of 10, 13l behind Smart Catch (11-1) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Storm Survivor (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Close up in chasing group, driven in 6th after 4 out, weakened before next, 7th of 11, 26l behind Timesawastin (11-1) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Craicajack (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 3 out, 8th of 13, 45l behind The Hague (10-11) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb.
Cunning Plan (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Chased leading pair until before 5th, weakened next, hit 7th, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Super Directa (11-1) at Folkestone 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Kingston Folly 20-1 (9-2) Started slowly, always behind, last of 13, 21l behind Carr Hall (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol (flat).
Ostentation 8-1 (10-12) Took keen hold in touch, ridden in 4th after 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 8, 22l behind Kayef (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb.
The Strawberry One 10-1 (10-7) Led, headed 12f out, pressed leader, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 14l behind Blue Monster (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Dec.
Buona Sarah (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Held up in last trio, pulled hard, effort on inside well over 1f out, soon beaten, 7th of 8, 7l behind Kidlat (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol (flat).