NIKI ROYAL won a maiden hurdle at Towcester last week on her first start for Jamie Snowden with the rest nowhere. She can shrug off a penalty and follow-up in this. Xaarcet also arrives on the back of a win in better company at Exeter and he should be in the firing-line once again while both Prince Pippin and Man Of Leisure ran well in heavy ground on their latest starts and may figure. Next To Nowhere won a chase at Catterick at this time last year but hasn't raced since and Union Saint makes more appeal after last month's second at Wincanton.
Niki Royal (FR) 7-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, led 4 out, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan beating Vinnieslittle Lamb (11-2) by 16l, 13 ran.
Dun See Dee (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Raced wide, led until 5th, chased leader, led again 3 out, ridden before next, headed last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 13l behind Too Generous (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Black Coffee 4-1 (12-0) In tch til wknd 14; pu 2 out, in a race won by Faasel (12-7) at North Cornwall 3m ptp sft in Jan, 7 ran.
Qalinas (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Made most until 3 out, still close up when blundered last, weakening towards finish, held on to 3rd, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Marie Des Anges (10-0) at Market Rasen 2m 2f beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Rainbow Haze 66-1 (10-9) Led until mistake 3 out, weakened last, 6th of 15, 22l behind Karazhan (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Next To Nowhere (IRE) 3-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, bumped 4th, chased leaders after 4th, about 7 lengths down when left in lead 3 out, joined when left clear last, hard ridden run-in, just held on, won at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan '12 beating Gentleman Jeff (11-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Wily Fox 14-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, blundered 4th, 8th and struggling when jumped left and pecked 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 24l behind Renoyr (11-1) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Union Saint (FR) 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon chased leaders, went 2nd after last, ridden and kept on flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Cridda Boy (11-1) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Standing Ovation (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, behind after next, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Saphir Du Rheu (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Xaarcet (IRE) 7-2 (10-3) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, chased leaders before 2 out, went 2nd between last 2, narrow lead last, edged left and stayed on flat, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan beating Master Benjamin (11-7) by 2l, 12 ran.
Lovely Muck 4-1 (11-6) In rear, reminder after 2nd, closed 5th, no impression when not fluent 2 out, stayed on before last, weakened flat, 6th of 8, 15l behind Award Winner (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, driven to challenge 3 out, went 2nd before next, weakened flat, 4th of 6, 7l behind Lucky Prince (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Paddleyourowncanoe (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Chased leader until before 3 out, went 2nd again 2 out until next, stayed on same pace in 3rd fom last, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Drussell (10-13) at Ludlow 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
The Young Master 25-1 (10-4) Led, headed 5th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Cridda Boy (11-1) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Man Of Leisure 5-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching and hit 3 out, ridden before next, 1 length down when hit last, stayed on same pace and no impression flat, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Goochypoochyprader (10-0) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Withy Mills 15-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders, challenged 5th, led before 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, no impression when lost 2nd after last, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Cridda Boy (11-1) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.