The winner of a maiden and novice hurdles at Catterick, Yorkist carries a 7lb penalty back in a handicap. It could pay to take him on with CHALK IT DOWN as Warren Greatrex' charge posted a much better effort at Huntingdon last month when fourth to Wadswick Court, who has since gone in again. The latter is also preferred to Leicester winner Favourite Girl, only fourth off a higher mark last time but dropping back in trip today. Mulligan's Man had no luck chasing last year but had won three of his four starts over timber earlier. Cappielow Park was still well beaten despite finishing second at Fakenham last time and needs more here.
Crouching Harry (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, ridden along 6th, trailing 6 out, completely tailed off, 13th of 20, well behind Sullane Chief (10-6) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Mulligan's Man (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Held up in touch when blundered and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Un Guet Apens (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Chalk It Down (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Led until approaching 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Wadswick Court (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Yorkist (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) With leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, soon led, left clear last, won at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy beating Askamore Darsi (11-5) by 12l, 9 ran.
Favorite Girl (GER) 11-4fav (11-7) Took keen hold tracking leaders in 5th, went 2nd 3 out, every chance when hit 2 out, crossed last, driven and no impression when lost 2nd flat, no extra in 4th final 75 yards, 4th of 9, 6l behind Iron Butterfly (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f (4) gs in Dec.
Cappielow Park 66-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, led 4 out, challenged after next, headed approaching last, kept on, 2nd of 11, 14l behind Fennell Bay (11-2) at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (5) sft.