RED SEVENTY saw off all-bar subsequent Newbury winner Stand To Reason at Wincanton last month and looks capable of going one better here. Mountain King won a Warwick bumper last month but needs to settle better. However, this sharp track should suit and it would be no surprise to see King's Warrior feature as he won a Class 2 handicap over 1m2f on the Flat at York in 2012. Gallic Warrior might be improving but Huff And Puff may need this and was a better horse on fast going on the level.
Gallic Warrior (FR) 3-1 (10-12) In touch, hampered 1st, soon chasing leaders, effort 3 out, ridden to challenge approaching last, stayed on same pace, 4th of 9, 5l behind Neston Grace (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Home For Tea 4-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair, chased leaders halfway, ridden and weakened 4f out, 4th of 6, 39l behind Blue Heron (11-2) at Ludlow 1m 6f nhf (4) gs in Dec.
Huff And Puff 9-2 (9-11) Tracked leader over 10f out, challenged 2f out, soon narrow lead but pressed, stayed on most gamely to assert final strides, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct '12 beating Ukrainian (9-1) by hd, 10 ran (flat).
Iouascore (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 4th and keen, lost place over 3f out, 5th of 8, well behind Stellar Notion (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
King's Warrior (FR) 25-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 12, 9l behind Hi There (8-10) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct (flat).
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.
Modeligo (IRE) 150-1 (10-5) Stood at start for 20 seconds before getting going, not fluent 1st, always behind, last of 9, well behind Ballyalton (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd in Dec.
Mountain King 6-4fav (11-2) In touch, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, hard ridden approaching final furlong, kept on well, won at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec beating Delgany Demon (10-13) by 1l, 10 ran.
Muckle Roe (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, some headway after 3 out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 14, 22l behind No Such Number (10-11) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.
Perfect Shot (IRE) 150-1 (11-6) Towards rear, ridden before 3 out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, well behind Softsong (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs.
Red Seventy 14-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, led before 4th and soon clear, reduced lead before 2 out, joined and not fluent last, soon headed and kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Stand To Reason (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.
Secure Investment 100-1 (10-9) Behind, under pressure 5 out, soon beaten, 14th of 18, well behind Champagne West (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Steel Summit (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 13th of 21, 47l behind Oscar Hoof (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Early Bonnet (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Prominent, ridden in beaten 4th when not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Cheltenian (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Femme D'espere 200-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, mistake 3rd, well beaten before 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind No Such Number (10-11) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.