FASCINO RUSTICO should open his account today if showing the same form as when finishing ahead of Supreme Hurdle hope Sgt Reckless at Kempton on Boxing Day. He was only a length-and-a-half behind previous winner Amore Alto, who went on to finish third in a Cheltenham handicap off a mark of 135. Daveron has run well in both starts over hurdles and has place claims again while Minella Reception wasn't disgraced on his reappearance at Ffos Las and should strip fitter today. It will be a surprise if any of the others get involved given their form to date.
Bawden Rocks 9-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders, jumped big early, ridden and 5 lengths 3rd when fell 3 out, in a race won by Deep Trouble (10-12) at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in May, 8 ran.
Daveron (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, rallied and left 3rd and slightly hampered 2 out, stayed on same pace and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Uhlan Bute (11-11) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Fascino Rustico 16-1 (11-0) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway 2 out, effort approaching last, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Amore Alato (11-8) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Florida Quays (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Western Warhorse (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Home For Tea 33-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, soon settled in mid-division, pushed along and struggling after 5th, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Mountain King (11-4) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Liars Poker (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Alw pr & disp, rdn & wknd 3out, no ex & pu last, in a race won by Davyroy (12-2) at Maralin 3m ire ptp in Nov, 16 ran.
Minella Reception (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, led 5th, hit last (usual 2 out), ridden and headed approaching bypassed last, weakened into 5th towards finish, 5th of 14, 5l behind It's A Doddle (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Tedney Express (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, never involved, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Regal Encore (11-7) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) sft in Oct '12.
The Mobb (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway before 4 out, ridden and weakened before next, 6th of 8, 42l behind Ballyculla (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.
When Ben When (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Sign Of A Victory (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Etania 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear most of way, 12th of 22, well behind Josses Hill (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Sarahs Doll 100-1 (10-2) Mistake 1st, always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out (usual 3 out), in a race won by It's A Doddle (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.