Getting Ready looked a very nice prospect when cantering home in a maiden at Ayr over 2m in January but ran so poorly when tried over 2m4f there later that month that it couldn't have been his form. Prospective punters will have to forgive that latest effort but WINSTONE looks a safer option. George Charlton's gelding had shown promise on his opening bumper run and though totally unfancied ran a very good race on his hurdling debut at Musselburgh where he was staying on strongly at the finish. Sparkling Hand won a mares' maiden over the C&D in January where her stamina came into play and a strong gallop would see her go close here.
Getting Ready (IRE) 11-8 (11-12) Tracked leader, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 41l behind Netminder (11-5) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Direct Approach (IRE) 250-1 (10-12) Always behind, slow 5th, soon struggling, tailed off 5 out, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Sydney Paget (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Newspage (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Soon behind, never dangerous, 14th of 15, well behind Kaysersberg (10-11) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Sparkling Hand 10-1 (11-2) Led to 3rd, tracked leader, led again after 5th, made rest, ridden and hard pressed flat, held on towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Micro Mission (11-3) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Stop On 40-1 (10-12) Prominent, fell 3rd, in a race won by Railway Dillon (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb '11, 16 ran.
Uncle Brit 150-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, outpaced from 5th, no impression, 8th of 16, 24l behind Countess Comet (10-12) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Winstone (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Chased leading trio 3rd, went 3rd 2 out, stayed on to 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 12l behind Saga De Tercey (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Kinder Scout 100-1 (10-2) Prominent, raced keenly, weakened 5th, soon behind, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Brindisi Breeze (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec, 10 ran.
Goodness 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened 3 out, 11th of 14, 41l behind Eagle Rock (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Feb.