THEMILANHORSE beat Tour D'Argent by a length at Warwick in December and the runner-up went on to win his next two starts, beating An Capall Mor by nine lengths at Doncaster in one of those runs. Harry Derham reduces the top weight's burden by 7lb here and the partnership can come out on top again. Hit The Headlines finished third over this trip at Kempton in January on the same day that Up To The Mark filled the same spot behind Roll The Dice over 2m at Warwick. Nicky Henderson's charge should do best of that pair today and also makes more appeal than Tara Rose and Sohappyharry, who disappointed last time. Autumm Spirit was pulled up at Wincanton on her latest start and is better over fences.
Themilanhorse (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, led approaching last, stayed on, driven out, won at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd in Dec beating Tour D'argent (11-0) by 1l, 17 ran.
Tara Rose 20-1 (10-4) Raced wide, always towards rear, ridden and struggling 3 out, 9th of 10, 28l behind Smad Place (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Jan.
Hit The Headlines (IRE) 5-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders, led before 5th, headed 3 out, outpaced when switched left approaching next, no extra when left 3rd last, no chance with leading pair flat, 3rd of 10, 19l behind The Druids Nephew (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Jan.
Sohappyharry 80-1 (11-8) Towards rear, pushed along after 4th, lost touch from next, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Barbatos (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
An Capall Mor (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, tailed off from 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Tap Night (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Up To The Mark 5-1 (11-11) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed when mistake last, stayed on, 3rd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Roll The Dice (11-4) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Autumm Spirit 20-1 (11-1) Mid-division, hit 7th, ridden and struggling 13th, behind 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Hunt Ball (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jan, 14 ran.