Folie A Deux looked a fortunate winner at Taunton last month and will do well to follow up off a 5lb higher mark here. Former pointer Malin Head was well backed when successful at Folkestone and still has some scope, however, while this is a lot less competitive than the races Craiglands usually contests and Ian Williams' 10-year-old has dropped to a lenient-looking mark. Civil Servant needs to improve on what he's shown so far, however, and Babysitter has been well below his best this season while Marias Rock would prefer more give in the ground. The booking of David Bass for ERE ALFIE catches the eye and, racing off the same mark, the gelding can repeat last year's success in this race.
Babysitter (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Tracked winner, not fluent 2nd, lost 2nd after 5th, not fluent next, jumped slowly and lost place 8th, soon behind, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Arctic Ben (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
Minella Bliss (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up, struggling 15th, went modest 4th 2 out, 4th of 8, 27l behind Brackloon High (11-0) at Hereford 3m 1f beg chase (4) sft in Jan.
Craiglands (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Held up in 6th, in touch 15th, outpaced after 4 out, weakened from next, 4th of 7, 37l behind Inga Bird (11-12) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Folie A Deux (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Pecked slightly 1st, prominent, not fluent 5th, led after 7th, headed 13th, mistake 4 out, soon outpaced, left 12 lengths 2nd 3 out, closed on idling leader 2 out, led last, soon clear, won at Taunton 2m 7f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Jan beating King Jack (11-12) by 7l, 8 ran.
Ere Alfie (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Led until 2nd, led again next, headed 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Bishophill Jack (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Civil Servant 8-1 (11-3) Prominent, went 2nd after 4th, mistake next, led 12th, headed after next, mistake 3 out, no extra last, 5th of 9, 16l behind Esteem (9-7) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 11-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, weakened 4 out, 3rd of 7, 30l behind Backstreet Billy (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Marias Rock 11-2 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway 5 out, weakened 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Pretty Penny (10-4) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Jan.
Malin Head (IRE) 9-4fav (10-4) Made all, driven along before 2 out, stayed on well under pressure from last, eased close home, won at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jan beating Pete The Feat (11-12) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
The Mighty Mod (USA) 200-1 (10-9) Always behind, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Prima Porta (10-9) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (4) gs.
Quayside Court (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Led until after 5th, weakened from 3 out, no chance when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Hobb's Dream (10-9) at Taunton 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jan, 16 ran.
Feeling Peckish (USA) 33-1 (9-7) Close up, lost place before 11th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Vin De Roy (11-9) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs, 10 ran.