Night Of Passion has been raised a further 9lb after going close to landing a hat-trick when runner-up at Plumpton. But He's The Daddy can compete of only a 4lb higher mark despite having won at Towcester on Boxing Day. IT'S A DODDLE finished second to Twoways in heavy ground at the same track last month and the latter has since franked the form with another win. Jonjo O'Neill's charge gets the nod stepping up in trip today ahead of Tullyesker Hill. The latter goes handicapping for the first time here and has more scope than Yellow Ball, back over hurdles after making the frame in a chase at Wincanton last time.
Yellow Ball (FR) 14-1 (11-4) In touch in 5th, tracked leaders before 10th, went 2nd before 4 out, every chance 2 out, ridden before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Flying Award (10-13) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Tullyesker Hill (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) In touch, headway before 2 out, ridden and every chance before last, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Strollawaynow (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Kilrush (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) In rear, mistake 6th, headway before and mistake 2 out, no extra from last, 7th of 14, 9l behind Bob Tucker (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Promised Wings (GER) 9-1 (11-6) Pressed leader until ridden 4th, lost place 6th, last and struggling from next, tailed off before 2 out, 5th of 6, well behind Beauboreen (11-6) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
It's A Doddle (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway after 3 out, ridden to go 2nd before last, every chance run-in, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Twoways (10-10) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Premier Portrait (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 7th, outpaced before 3 out, switched right before 2 out, rallied before last, no impression, stayed on same pace flat, 5th of 9, 7l behind Di Kaprio (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Mac Steamy (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Held up, headway 9th, challenged 2 out, soon led, 5 lengths ahead when stumbled and fell just after last, unlucky, in a race won by Thornton Alice (11-4) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May, 6 ran.
He's The Daddy 5-4fav (11-1) In touch, outpaced after 6th, rallied and went 2nd 3 out, led after next, all out, won at Towcester 2m 5f (4) hvy in Dec beating Bebinn (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Night Of Passion (IRE) 3-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, steady headway 9th, chased leading pair before 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, ridden to challenge 2 out, soon every chance, driven before last, hit last, kept on same pace flat, finished tired, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Virginia Ash (11-2) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Westerly Breeze (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Led early, led again before 2nd, soon headed, stayed handy, not fluent 8th, 3rd and weakening 2 out, 3rd of 8, 36l behind Carole's Destrier (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
The Red Laird 28-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, pushed along after 10th, soon weakened, mistake next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Virginia Ash (11-2) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Cadeau George 33-1 (11-10) Behind, tailed off 10th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Virginia Ash (11-2) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Garde Fou (FR) 50-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, held up in 5th, hit 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, 4th of 6, 24l behind Closing Ceremony (11-2) at Kempton 3m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.