DESTROYER DEPLOYED has yet to match his second in last year's Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in a couple of starts over hurdles. It's too soon to give up on Tim Vaughan's charge, however, and he's fancied to open his account in this and reverse earlier running with recent Hereford third Dannanceys Hill. The latter should be thereabouts once again though Baileys Concerto posted a better effort when runner-up to Persian Snow at Huntingdon last time with Jonny Rye tailed off and he's another to consider. Little Chip has shown enough in bumpers to be of interest on his hurdling bow and is one to note for the future.
Adios Alonso (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, stepped at 3 out, soon well beaten, pulled up before next, in a race won by Miss Milborne (10-11) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Baileys Concerto (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, every chance 3 out, stayed on, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Persian Snow (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Dannanceys Hill (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway on inside from 6th, went 5th before 2 out, no impression before last, stayed on flat, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Sainglend (10-9) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Destroyer Deployed 9-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistakes, went 2nd approaching 3 out until next, one pace last, 3rd of 14, 12l behind Jackson Cage (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Direct Approach (IRE) 200-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, lost place before and not fluent 4 out, 7th of 9, well behind Winstone (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Jonny Rye (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up, not fluent 2nd, headway 6th, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Persian Snow (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Little Chip (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 6f out, chased leaders over 4f out, went 4th inside final 4f, stayed on to 3rd final furlong, never any chance with leading duo, 3rd of 14, 19l behind At Fishers Cross (11-11) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (5) sft in Feb.
Notcantdoit (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Holywell (11-3) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Robbie 16-1 (11-2) Towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 24l behind Wordy's Boy (11-2) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Feb.
Tealissio 5-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, no impression, 5th of 12, 17l behind Wordy's Boy (11-2) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Feb.
Tiradia (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Pu 5, in a race won by Elvis The King (12-0) at Cottenham 3m ptp gf in Feb, 12 ran.
Tory Massini (IRE) 200-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, not always fluent, lost touch 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Montbazon (11-8) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 9 ran.