Mwaleshi recorded a hat-trick at the end of last year but has found life tougher in this grade off a much higher mark since then and looks in the handicapper's grip. ROBBIE makes more appeal despite having to cope with a 9lb rise after also landing a treble as Keith Reveley's charge scored easily at Doncaster last time and there looks more to come. Stablemate Crowning Jewel may struggle in this grade and Woody Waller and Stormy Weather have been well beaten over fences of late but Lady Bluesky could make the frame again after finishing runner-up at Ayr.
Mwaleshi 7-1 (11-3) Led, headed before 2 out, weakened flat, 6th of 10, 11l behind Brick Red (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs.
Robbie 9-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 4 out, led before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Doncaster 2m Handicap Hurdle (0-140) (3yo+) (3) gs in Dec beating Ulys Du Charmil (10-5) by 9l, 8 ran.
Stormy Weather (FR) 7-1 (11-10) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, lost place 4th, well beaten before 4 out, last of 9, well behind Prince Of Dreams (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs.
Woody Waller 20-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, pulled up before last, in a race won by Nuts N Bolts (11-2) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy, 9 ran.
Lady Bluesky 16-1 (11-9) With leader, led 3rd, headed when not fluent next, led before 6th, headed and not fluent 3 out, no impression from next, 2nd of 6, 13l behind Pas Trop Tard (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Crowning Jewel 8-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 20l behind Yesyoucan (10-12) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Rock Relief (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Towards rear, pushed along and in rear before 7th, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Parc Des Princes (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Zafranagar (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) In touch, lost place 4 out, 6th of 8, 25l behind Eastlake (11-10) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.