Elenika's defeat of Rajdhani Express at Huntingdon in November has worked out well but Paul Nicholls' French import has disappointed since and was given a confidence-booster over hurdles last time. He may struggle to get the better of WHAT A WARRIOR, highly tried since scoring at Bangor in the autumn. He fared a lot better when back in this grade in a handicap at Doncaster last time. Lucaindubai had some decent form over hurdles last season but this will be his first run over fences and for more than a year.
Elenika (FR) 15-2 (10-12) In touch on outside, tracked leader before 3 out, every chance next, soon ridden and one pace, lost 2nd approaching last, no impression in 3rd flat, dropped to 5th near finish, 5th of 11, 10l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd.
What A Warrior (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, joined leader from 9th, led 5 out, clear before 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on, 2nd of 8, 2l behind The Chazer (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Lucaindubai (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Mid-division, effort after 3 out, soon weakened, 14th of 24, 32l behind Paintball (10-7) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs in Mar '12.
Walcot Lathyrus 50-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway after 6th, went 4th last, stayed on, never any chance with leaders, 4th of 12, 19l behind Who's Cross (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Pure Anticipation (IRE) 28-1 (10-8) With leaders, lost place over 6f out, 10th of 12, 36l behind Karazhan (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.