SIR VALENTINO was still in contention when falling over fences at Newbury last month. He's clear at the weights back over timber and will likely start a short price to land this. Star Date was well beaten despite finishing second at Newton Abbot but still looks best of the remainder. Donna's Pride and Trapper Peak have both been placed in bumpers and Don Padeja may have improved for his debut over hurdles at Marker Rasen.
Auto Mac 100-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, blunders 3rd, never dangerous, 8th of 10, well behind Yorkist (10-13) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Sir Valentino (FR) 11-4 (11-10) Tracked leader, disputing lead bypassing omitted 3 out, every chance when fell heavily 2 out, in a race won by Umberto D'olivate (11-11) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb, 3 ran.
Star Date (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up off the pace in mid-division, went modest 4th soon after 5th, stayed on to 2nd run-in, never any chance with very easy winner, 2nd of 15, 25l behind Sail By The Sea (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Table Bluff (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 15, 45l behind Wintered Well (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Trapper Peak (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Led, headed over 4f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, well behind Celtic Agent (10-13) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Bouggietopieces 20-1 (10-8) With leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 30l behind Oleohneh (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Don Padeja 20-1 (10-2) Mid-division, not fluent and went left 1st, in touch 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 11, 35l behind Dubai Prince (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Paddy's Saltantes (IRE) 50-1 (10-2) Mid-division, reminder after 2nd, lost place 4th, struggling next, soon behind, tailed off, 10th of 13, 50l behind Kelvingrove (10-2) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Donna's Pride 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 17l behind Spartan Angel (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd.
Don't Tell 100-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear and keen, blundered 3 out, soon weakened before pulling up, in a race won by Morning With Ivan (10-11) at Catterick 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Mar, 5 ran.