A tricky opener where the market could prove the best guide. Lansdowne Princess scored over fences at Newton Abbot in August under David Bass but has never won in 20 starts over hurdles. Manadam is consistent enough but rarely gets close enough to prove a threat and his last victory was in April 2008. Easement was just touched off in a Uttoxeter seller in October and this isn't much better but A FISTFUL OF EUROS is probably the one to be on. Chris Down's mare was having only her fifth start over timber when a close third to Elegant Olive over 3m2f at Huntingdon recently and will only need to reproduce that to gain her first victory.
A Fistful Of Euros 12-1 (11-6) Mostly tracked leader until approaching 8th, ridden after next, hung right after 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Elegant Olive (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Jan.
Inchloch 33-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, fell 6th, in a race won by Azulada Bay (11-8) at Ludlow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Normally 6-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, weakened after next, 8th of 15, well behind Magnifico (11-2) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov '09.
Easement 16-1 (11-12) Chased leader 2nd, led 2 out, soon ridden and headed, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 7, 26l behind The Hudnalls (11-12) at Hereford 3m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Lions In Law 66-1 (11-1) Chased leader until 6th, soon ridden and weakened, hit next, tailed off, 6th of 10, 44l behind Captain Kirkton (11-6) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Manadam (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway after 8th, hit 10th, went 3rd after 3 out, well held from next, 3rd of 17, 28l behind Ukrainian Star (11-3) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) hvy in Jan.
Karinga Dream 14-1 (11-5) Took wrong course before 1st, tracked leaders, lost place approaching 6th, tailed off 3 out, soon pulled up (disqualified), in a race won by Dancing Daffodil (9-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
No Woman No Cry 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inside, lost place 6th, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 12, 42l behind Eastwell Smiles (11-3) at Warwick 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Dec.
Lansdowne Princess 11-1 (10-1) Behind, pushed along 7th, pulled up quickly 13th, in a race won by Bobby Bullock (11-1) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (4) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Pull The Wool (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Held up in mid-division, weakened before 2 out, soon lost touch, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Whitcombe Spirit (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-85 (5) hvy in Jan, 14 ran.
Jewellery (IRE) 100-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, weakened quickly after 4 out, soon behind, 12th of 16, 25l behind Pilgreen (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
That's For Sure 14-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, plugged on one pace before 2 out, 3rd of 15, 31l behind Herald Angel (10-5) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Feb '10.
Northwold 200-1 (11-6) Chased leaders on inner, took keen hold, hit 2nd, lost place from 5th, 11th of 14, well behind Drive Time (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Zuleta 10-1 (10-9) In touch from 4th, weakened 9th, 6th of 14, 33l behind Orchard House (10-7) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Oct '08.
Merry Storm (IRE) 4-1fav (10-6) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 14th, weakened next before 4 out, 6th of 17, 38l behind Tarsus (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Apr '09.
Border Lad 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 9th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ukrainian Star (11-3) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) hvy in Jan, 17 ran.