EARTH AMBER is rated 94 on the Flat and is related to a hurdles winner in France. Nicky Henderson's impressive strike rate at this course suggests she'll go close on her hurdling bow and she's getting plenty of weight from Wadswick Court. The latter added to his bumper wins with a victory over hurdles at Huntingdon last month. Bally Braes showed ability in a bumper at Aintree but never figured on his first start over timber and the remainder make even less appeal on what little they've shown so far.
Wadswick Court (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Raced freely, always prominent, led before 2 out, strongly challenged last, held on gamely, won at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Simply A Legend (10-12) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Bally Braes (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) In touch, lost place 5 out, 9th of 18, 48l behind Champagne West (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Epic Storm (IRE) 7-1 (10-4) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 14, 42l behind Orthodox Lad (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Tashkaldou (FR) 66-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway on outside after 4 out, chased leaders next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 8th of 14, 29l behind Call The Cops (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Dustland Fairytale (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) In rear, some headway into mid-division after 4 out, weakened after next, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Call The Cops (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Earth Amber 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, soon weakened, 32nd of 33, well behind Scatter Dice (8-8) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct (flat).
Spirit Minded 100-1 (10-9) Chased leader, led narrowly after 3f, headed 7f out, soon ridden, weakened 5f out, 9th of 10, 47l behind Assam Black (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.