Slipper Satin would have every chance if taking part but was engaged to run at Haydock yesterday. Her absence should leave the way clear for John Ferguson's CERTIFICATION, who opened her account at Wetherby last month and looks capable of following up in this company. Kilcooley won a bumper at this track in November and makes his hurdling bow, but Lord Of Scotland has more experience having won once in six starts over hurdles in France. He makes his debut for new connections today and should go well.
Lord Of Scotland (FR) (11-0) 6th of 20, 8l behind Ysawa (10-2) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Oct.
Benidorm 100-1 (10-5) In rear, ridden 6th, soon weakened, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Vice Et Vertu (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Flemensmix 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, chased leaders after 3 out, no impression in 4th approaching next, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 9, 32l behind Anay Turge (10-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Kilcooley (IRE) 5-4fav (11-2) Keen close up, headway to lead 4f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov beating Uppingham (11-2) by 6l, 7 ran.
Certification (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) Led and set steady pace, headed narrowly after 3rd, led again next, made rest, hard pressed 2 out, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Wetherby 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan beating Rayak (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Boruma (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, held up behind, headway towards stands side rail over 2f out, soon chased leaders, kept on, no impression, 5th of 12, 5l behind Starplex (10-5) at Newcastle 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Dec.
Great Demeanor (USA) 66-1 (10-7) Led, headed 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Landecker (11-3) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Hidden Link 33-1 (10-12) Held up in 7th, went right 2nd, hit 3 out, pushed along and struggling in 6th when blundered 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, 35l behind Goodwood Mirage (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Markttag 4-1fav (9-4) Raced wide close up, went 2nd 5f out, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 15l behind Ty Gwr (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct (flat).
Slipper Satin (IRE) 2-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Aurore D'estruval (10-4) at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy, 5 ran.