SIGN OF A VICTORY had little to beat at Doncaster last time but there is plenty of scope for further improvement and Nicky Henderson's gelding is fancied to get the better of Huff And Puff, who stepped up markedly on his first run over hurdles also at Doncaster last time and should be winning soon. Kiama Bay, a regular winner on the Flat for firstly John Quinn and then Richard Fahey, is an interesting newcomer as is Laser Blazer, another winner on the level, while She's Late should improve on her fourth at Doncaster.
Devils Paintbrush (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Mid-division on inner, slight mistake 3rd, pulled up quickly before next, in a race won by Bishops Road (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct, 20 ran.
Fred Le Macon (FR) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leading trio, pushed along over 4f out, outpaced 3f out, 4th of 6, 14l behind Supreme Present (10-9) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Gold Carrot 66-1 (11-1) Behind, never nearer, 12th of 17, 45l behind Oscar Hoof (11-7) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Herecomesthehollow (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Prominent, outpaced after 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 9, 48l behind Kings Bandit (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Huff And Puff 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, stayed on to take 2nd run-in, held near finish, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind First Mohican (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 4-7fav (9-8) Led and set steady pace, quickened over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on and rallied close home, 2nd of 3, hd behind Stand Guard (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (5) pol in Jan (flat).
Laser Blazer 16-1 (9-6) Very slowly away, always behind, 7th of 11, 6l behind Mallory Heights (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Dec (flat).
Matripajo (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear, hit 5th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Big Hands Harry (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 13 ran.
Miller's Maverick 250-1 (11-1) Always in rear, ridden and struggling 4th, soon tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Gentleman Jon (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) sft.
Sign Of A Victory (IRE) 1-4fav (10-13) Tracked clear pair, headway after 4 out, led on bit next, clear last, unextended, won at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Feb beating Chebsey Beau (10-1) by 10l, 8 ran.
Upham Running (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Soon tailed off in rear, went left 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Big Hands Harry (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 13 ran.
She's Late 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, weakened after last, 4th of 8, 9l behind Pearl Castle (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb.