CLONUSKER is fancied to land a hat-trick after his latest success at Fontwell. He'd earlier scored over track and trip and had finished well ahead of Hold The Bucks when second here in December. The latter has won at this track subsequently but Linda Jewell's charge should have the upper hand once again. Jaja De Jau, Little Roxy and Maccabees also have something to find with the selection on earlier running and Qasser looks a bigger threat dropping down a grade on the back of a couple of placed efforts.
Cranky Corner 40-1 (10-8) Held up, not fluent 1st, weakened 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Al Alfa (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Clonusker (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 2nd, led next, clear after 3 out, 6 lengths ahead last, jinked right at gap in rails flat, idled/tiring final 100 yards, found bit extra towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb beating Quite By Chance (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Hold The Bucks (USA) 15-2 (9-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd 6th, outpaced and lost place before 3 out, rallied to 3rd before 2 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led approaching last, ridden and hung left flat, stayed on, won at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb beating Dungeness (11-2) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Qasser (IRE) 7-2fav (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway 5th, challenged 2 out, ridden before last, no impression flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Winged Crusader (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Jaja De Jau 9-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway on long run to 3 out, chased leaders before next, stayed on to 3rd soon after last, 3rd of 13, 16l behind Clonusker (10-1) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Whatagoa (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Albert Bridge (11-2) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb, 14 ran.
Juicy Legend 12-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, every chance after 3 out, no extra flat, 4th of 16, 11l behind Withy Mills (10-3) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Arcas (IRE) 200-1 (10-13) Mid-division, closed 5th, lost place next, well beaten from 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind All But Grey (11-1) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Little Roxy (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, outpaced 6th, rallied to 4th before 2 out, went modest 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Hold The Bucks (9-11) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Maccabees 20-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 9th, disputing well held 2nd 3 out, soon ridden in 3rd, weakened and lost modest 3rd approaching last, 4th of 9, well behind Strange Bird (10-0) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Feb.
Si Bien (FR) 50-1 (10-9) In rear, ridden and weakened before 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Run Along Boy (10-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f sell hdl (5) gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Just Beware 14-1 (9-7) In touch, lost place approaching 3 out, 9th of 11, 20l behind Our Phylli Vera (11-5) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.