LITTLE FRITZ, placed in both starts in bumpers, was easy to back on his hurdling debut at Bangor in December but was going well on the heels of the leader when falling four out. Provided that hasn't dented his confidence, the grey could make amends here with Lemon Drop Red having run moderately when favourite at Musselburgh following a promising debut at Kempton. Chepstow fourth Clarion Call appears a little one-paced but could make the frame while Pittodrie Star was just beaten at Uttoxeter last month and is improving. Quousko De L'Isop finished ahead of the latter at Doncaster earlier, however, and has since finished third over a longer trip at Fontwell.
During The War (USA) 100-1 (10-5) Held up in rear and keen, struggling from 5th tailed off 7th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Eradicate (11-4) at Southwell 2m nov chs (4) gs in Jan, 6 ran.
Favoured Nation (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leader until approaching 4th where badly hampered and lost place, behind and eased, tailed off, not recover, 8th of 10, 30l behind Ile De Re (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Hoare Abbey (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Behind, pushed along after 3 out, headway into mid-division before next, never near leaders, 7th of 14, 21l behind Molotof (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs in Nov.
Leath Acra Mor (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led 7f out, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 12, nk behind Must You Go (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Little Fritz (FR) 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 4th, fell 4 out, in a race won by Magnifique Etoile (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 14 ran.
Millers Reef (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway 7f out, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Danandy (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Pittodrie Star (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Led until 2nd, stayed prominent, mistake 5th, ridden when pecked 3 out, hung left thereafter, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Boston Blue (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Quousko de L'Isop (FR) 3-1 (11-5) Led, hit 1st, soon clear, headed after last, lost 2nd place run-in, kept on, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Brough Academy (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Sharpshooter (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) Held up well in rear, reminder approaching 3rd, always behind, 10th of 15, 41l behind Jump City (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Trackmate 16-1 (11-2) Led until over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 14, 23l behind Mister Newby (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) sft in Dec.
Kaduna 100-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, jumped right 2nd, weakening when mistake 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Baby Shine (11-2) at Leicester 2m mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Clarion Call 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, jumped slowly 1st, headway approaching 3 out, weakened after next, 4th of 7, 19l behind Mattoral (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 10-11fav (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, no extra run-in, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind White Fusion (9-11) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jan.
Ugo (USA) 66-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, not fluent 5th, headway 3 out, weakened approaching next, 7th of 12, 28l behind Fire Fighter (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.