GINGER GREY has improved in all three starts over hurdles and scored nicely at Catterick in December. There should be more to come on his handicap debut and he gets the speculative vote in an open race. Pampelonne has been threatening to open his account and went close again when runner-up at Huntingdon last time, while Taunton winner Monarch's Way made another bold bid at Warwick last month. Patavium drops back in distance having scored at Catterick recently with Worth A King's well behind and Manshoor isn't out of this as he's had an outing on the Flat since winning a handicap hurdle at Lingfield in November.
Manshoor (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 4 out, joined leader next, led 2 out, ridden clear last, ran on, won at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Nov beating Chicklemix (11-8) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Touch of Irish 9-1 (11-2) Pulled hard in touch, effort 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 26l behind Big Easy (10-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Bin End 5-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led before 4 out, headed next, soon ridden, 7th and beaten when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Grams And Ounces (10-0) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Dec, 11 ran.
Speed Steed (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, ridden 3 out, 4th and beaten when not fluent 2 out, 4th of 12, 15l behind Native Beauty (10-11) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Silicium (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 7th, weakened 2 out, fell next, in a race won by River Dragon (10-1) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Monarch's Way 7-2fav (11-7) Prominent, went 2nd after 3rd, challenged 3 out, not fluent next, edged right and stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 15, 4l behind Roll The Dice (11-4) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Pampelonne (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Prominent, challenged after 3 out, ridden when went left and not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Dreambrook Lady (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
King Mak 17-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 4th when hit 2 out, stayed on to go 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Wise Move (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Jan.
Ginger Grey (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) In touch, headway after 3out, led last, pushed out, won at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec beating Cavite Eta (11-3) by 5l, 15 ran.
Cool Baranca (GER) 7-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, struggling from 6th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Sambelucky (10-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 17 ran.
Bocamix (FR) 11-2 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway on outside after 3 out, led narrowly next, ridden and held on under pressure flat, won at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jan beating Skenakilla Cross (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Bring Sweets (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Always in rear, 5th of 11, 20l behind Zafranagar (11-2) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Patavium (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on strongly run-in, won at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan beating Funky Munky (11-0) by 4l, 11 ran.
Future Profit (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Blundered 1st, in touch, headway to chase leaders 5th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 10, 33l behind Songsmith (11-1) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
Tayarat (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Led, jumped left, soon clear, headed when mistake 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 11, 20l behind Aviso (11-1) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gs in Jan.
Galley Slave (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) In rear, headway after 8th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 14, 48l behind Changing Lanes (11-5) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Flora's Pride 15-2 (11-9) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, went 3rd before 2 out, no chance with front pair going to last, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Dreambrook Lady (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
Worth A King's 16-1 (10-12) Towards rear, weakened from 7th, 6th of 11, 33l behind Patavium (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan.