RUGGED JACK came out best on his handicap debut at Exeter during the week. He's taken to shrug off a penalty and follow-up in this company. Edmaaj went close in a bumper on the Polytrack last time and may figure back over timber but The Wealerdealer hasn't improved as expected in four starts over hurdles so far. Crookstown won over 2m5f here on Boxing day but has been tailed off in both subsequent starts and Kayfrou failed to cope in this grade on his latest start having won a lesser event at Bangor earlier.
Rugged Jack (FR) 11-4 (11-6) Held up in touch, outpaced after 2nd, not fluent 4th, rallied 3 out, not fluent 2 out, led flat, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy beating Lady Bridget (9-11) by 2l, 6 ran.
Edmaaj (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, not clear run on inside and lost place over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Sgt Reckless (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Jan.
Crookstown (IRE) 7-4 (11-3) Close up, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, well behind Mistral Reine (11-4) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
The Wealerdealer (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 2nd travelling well after 3 out, led narrowly approaching 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, no extra in 3rd approaching last, mistake last, 3rd of 17, 10l behind Tarabela (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
In The Gate (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Led until 3 out, weakened quickly before next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Harry's Farewell (11-9) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Spanish Cruise (IRE) 40-1 (12-0) Ap; wknd bet last 2, 5th of 11, 23l behind Quantum Theory (12-3) at Meynell & South Staffordshire 3m ptp gd in Jun.
Bally Braes (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up on outside, ridden 4th, well beaten 3 out, 7th of 8, 43l behind New Year's Eve (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Minsky Mine (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly and reminder 4th, struggling 6th, tailed off 2 out, last of 8, well behind Persian Herald (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Kayfrou 7-4fav (9-9) In rear, never able to challenge, 5th of 11, 21l behind Grate Fella (11-8) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Balinderry (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Led until not fluent 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 8, 23l behind Saffron Wells (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Tayarat (IRE) 40-1 (9-9) Led, headed before 4th, pushed along before next, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 42l behind Run Ructions Run (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.