THE MAD ROBERTSON has already been placed twice in bumpers but is a full brother to smart hurdler/chaser Finger on the Pulse and should come into his own now tackling a set of obstacles. He's the main reason why AP McCoy is in attendance today and makes more appeal than Tony Dinozzo, who wasn't beaten far on his hurdles bow at Folkestone but then dumped McCoy on the turf when weakening at Towcester. Swaledale Lad was a promising second at Wetherby over Christmas and, though unraced since, is entitled to respect and less exposed than Rowlestone Lad.
Billy Teal 200-1 (10-5) In rear, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Dark Glacier (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 13 ran.
Grey Life 33-1 (11-0) Hit 5th and next, always towards rear, tailed off, 7th of 15, well behind Star In Flight (11-10) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Rowlestone Lad 7-4fav (11-5) Held up, headway 4th, chased winner 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, 39l behind Benheir (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Sleeping Policeman (FR) 200-1 (10-12) Jumped slowly 5th, mainly always towards rear, behind after 3 out, pulled up flat, in a race won by The Weatherman (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 12 ran.
Swaledale Lad (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, led after 3rd, hard pressed 2 out (usual 3 out), ridden and headed at bypassed last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Embsay Crag (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
The Mad Robertson (IRE) 11-8fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway and effort towards stands side over 4f out, chased leaders when hung left from over 3f out, stayed on to go 3rd 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Tolkeins Tango (10-7) at Chepstow 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Tony Dinozzo (FR) 9-2 (10-12) In touch, challenged on outside 4 out, driven and outpaced after next, well beaten 3rd when fell last, in a race won by Valid Reason (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 16 ran.
Who Owns Me (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden after 6th, soon lost place, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Barlow (11-3) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Lucky For Some 100-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 15th of 18, well behind Call Me A Star (10-12) at Wetherby 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Nov.