IFYOULETMEFINISH took a while to get the hang of things on his hurdling debut behind Grumeti over C&D last month but was noted staying on strongly in the closing stages and will be more the finished article here. His stable is going well at present and he may just know too much for debutant Pearl Swan, who was placed several times on the Flat in France and get a handy weight-for-age allowance but may do better when tackling longer trips. Private Story may need this after a lay-off and Zebrano preferred fast ground on the level while Miss Tenacious is more exposed than most.
Miss Tenacious 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, one pace next, 4th of 9, 13l behind Swincombe Flame (11-3) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Admiral Blake 50-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, held up in last pair, outpaced over 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 28l behind Swing Bowler (11-0) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Bobbits Way 80-1 (10-12) Soon struggling in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 3rd, in a race won by Knight Pass (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 15 ran.
Ice 'n' Easy (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, not fluent 3rd, mistake 7th, soon behind, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Real Milan (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Ifyouletmefinish (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, 5th and beaten next, ridden and stayed on from last to go 3rd towards finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 12, 15l behind Grumeti (10-6) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Jawhary 50-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, jumped left 1st, no chance from 6th, plugged on, 6th of 13, 36l behind Darlan (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Private Story (USA) 15-8 (10-10) Held up in touch and not fluent throughout, chased leaders before 2 out, went 3rd last, no impression, 3rd of 8, 18l behind Phoenix Flight (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf in May.
Sarenice (FR) 100-1 (11-5) Mid-division, lost place 6th, soon behind, tailed off 2 out, 11th of 12, well behind Grumeti (10-6) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Velator 40-1 (10-7) Always behind, tailed off 4 out, 10th of 12, well behind Jumps Road (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Zebrano 20-1 (9-7) Dwelt keen in rear, progress when hampered 2f out, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 14, 2 3/4l behind True To Form (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec (flat).
Lisselan Amazon (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, blundered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Darlan (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs, 13 ran.
Pearl Swan (FR) (9-2) 2nd of 14, 6l behind Technokrat (8-11) at Amiens(FR) 1m 6f stk in Nov (flat).