A low-key start and a good chance for DR DALWHINNY to make a winning debut over hurdles. He was clear of the third when only beaten two lengths by a potentially useful sort in a Worcester bumper at the start of the month. Definite Maybe has also shown promise in bumpers while Twoways looks best of those with experience over hurdles, though was still beaten almost 15 lengths when third at Kempton in November and Nodividendsagain needs to improve on his Ffos Las run last month to figure.
Definite Maybe (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Tracked winner until over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Mr Satco (11-2) at Kelso 2m NH flat (5) gf in May.
Keen's Token 100-1 (10-11) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, reminders after 4th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Uhlan Bute (11-0) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in May, 12 ran.
Mon Homme 100-1 (10-13) Hampered 1st, mid-division, mistake 2nd, lost place 4th, soon behind, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Chat Room (11-6) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Nodividendsagain 16-1 (11-0) In rear, headway into mid-division after 4 out, kept on same pace, never reached leaders, 7th of 16, 30l behind Azure Aware (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Spiritofchartwell 50-1 (10-12) Refused to race, in a race won by Experimentalist (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs, 9 ran.
Twoways (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden and headway approaching 2 out, kept on to go 3rd flat, never dangerous, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Golden Hoof (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Dr Dalwhinny 12-1 (10-13) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no impression on winner towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Another Hero (10-13) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd.
Bittersweetheart 9-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, some headway on inside over 2f out, soon outpaced and no impression, 6th of 11, 26l behind Miss Lilly Lewis (10-12) at Fontwell 1m 6f mares n h flat (6) gd in Sep.
Rose Red 50-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Mrs Peachey (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.