Sergeant Mattie has landed the odds with a bit to spare on his last couple of outings including over track and trip last time. He has claims along with Strollawaynow, well beaten in Graded company at Sandown last time but a winner at Exeter in January. COUNT DANILO was cruising in the lead when falling at Haydock recently. An earlier winner at Fakenham, David Pipe's charge gets the nod to return to winning ways with a clear round. The remainder look up against it though bumper winner Ellnando Queen made the frame on her hurdling bow and could prove the best of them.
Sergeant Mattie (IRE) 5-6fav (10-12) Prominent, led 4th, clear 2 out, heavily eased run in, won at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft beating Cove (10-5) by 4l, 12 ran.
Count Danilo (IRE) 11-4 (11-8) Tracked leader, led before 3rd, fell 3 out, in a race won by Garrahalish (11-8) at Haydock 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 7 ran.
Strollawaynow (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, pushed along on long run to 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 30l behind Brave Vic (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4f (1) sft.
Cinematique (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling on outside over 3f out, soon well behind, last of 16, 28l behind Pass Muster (11-1) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Harlequins Gleams 100-1 (11-2) In touch in mid-division, weakened 6th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Albert Bridge (11-2) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb, 14 ran.
Mercers Court (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, blundered 5th, hit 4 out, kept on same pace and no impression, 4th of 7, 33l behind Many Stars (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs.
Wilde And Willing (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3rd, never a threat, 7th of 14, 49l behind Arthur's Oak (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Yajber (USA) 33-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, always behind, 11th of 13, 15l behind Posh Boy (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Aug (flat).
Ellnando Queen 7-2 (10-12) Chased leader, led over 12f out, headed 2f out, chased leaders, ridden and no impression in 5th over 1f out, stayed on to 4th towards finish, 4th of 12, 4l behind Knightly Escapade (11-2) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Tigridia (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 8th, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Sergeant Mattie (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft, 12 ran.