Moleskin finally got off the mark at Kempton last month when Reblis was back in fourth but this looks a little more competitive. Inga Bird is progressing nicely and Court By Surprise is probably better than he's shown so far, while veterans Mid Div And Creep and Without A Doubt are still capable of making their presence felt in this grade. Star Beat can be difficult to pass when on a going day but DONT TELL SAILOR has taken really well to the larger obstacles and had a little up his sleeve when winning at Leicester last month. The handicapper may not have caught up with him just yet.
Ballyvesey (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Prominent early, chased leaders, lost place 10th, well held after, plugged on to take remote 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, well behind West End Rocker (10-10) at Aintree 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) hvy in Dec.
Marescsou (FR) (10-10) in a race won by Or Noir De Somoza (11-4) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f chs hvy in Nov '10, 10 ran.
Fort View (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Held up, jumped right at times, not fluent 7th or 11th (water), soon ridden, outpaced 15th, stayed on flat, no impression, 5th of 8, 9l behind Gorge (10-13) at Ludlow 3m Am hcp ch 0-125 (3) gs in Jan.
Mid Div And Creep 10-1 (11-6) Badly hampered 1st, in rear after, bad mistake and ridden 8th, hit 14th, went 8 lengths 3rd 4 out, no impression and well held after 3 out, 3rd of 9, 22l behind Double Dizzy (10-9) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Moleskin (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Made all, drew clear from 2 out, eased towards finsh, comfortably, won at Kempton 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jan beating Croan Rock (11-4) by 9l, 9 ran.
Noakarad De Verzee (FR) 28-1 (11-2) Led, jumped big 5th, headed approaching 8th (water), chased leaders until lost place before 13th, 9th of 16, 47l behind Glens Boy (10-11) at Newbury 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Jan.
Roseneath (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Refused to race, in a race won by Midnight Appeal (11-5) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd, 13 ran.
Court By Surprise (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Led until 3rd, close up, lost place 9th, behind and struggling when hit 3 out, 6th of 11, 23l behind Triolo D'Alene (10-8) at Ascot 2m 3f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Without A Doubt 4-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, mistake 6th, not fluent 12th, 3 lengths 3rd when mistake 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Satou (11-5) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Dont Tell Sailor (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 14th, led approaching 3 out, driven out, idled near finish, won at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jan beating Toby Belch (11-1) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Star Beat 14-1 (11-4) Left in lead 1st, headed 15th, blundered 17th, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 32l behind Posh Bird (10-3) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Nozic (FR) 28-1 (9-9) Towards rear, headway 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 8th of 14, 36l behind Quincy Des Pictons (9-7) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec.
Reblis (FR) 6-1 (11-4) Pressed winner, lost place after 4 out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd last, 4th of 9, 12l behind Moleskin (11-5) at Kempton 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jan.
Inga Bird 5-2fav (11-12) Made all, mistake 11th, hard pressed from 2 out, not fluent last, driven flat, held on gamely, won at Warwick 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Jan beating One More Dinar (10-0) by shd, 7 ran.