After seven starts without success over hurdles, the penny finally dropped with CRYSTAL SWING at Huntingdon last month. An easy 10-length winner on that occasion, he should be capable of following up despite a massive rise in the weights. Hassadin has gone close the last twice and it won't be long before he's winning while Raduis Bleu finished closer when third in better company last time and can figure again. Point-to-point winner Original Star is still finding his way over timber but still makes more appeal than Wincanton third Bincombe.
Hassadin 11-2 (11-4) Led, ridden approaching 2 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Barrakilla (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Crystal Swing 8-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, challenged 2 out, soon led, clear before last, ran on well, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb beating See You Jack (10-13) by 10l, 11 ran.
Alcalde 12-1 (11-8) Mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, ridden next, kept on same pace under pressure, no impression, 4th of 12, 12l behind Night In Milan (11-5) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan '12.
Dramatic Duke (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway approaching 5th, challenged 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 9th of 11, 39l behind Titchwood (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 33-1 (10-1) Led, not fluent 4th, hit 8th, headed before 3 out, kept on same pace, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Kellys Brow (11-11) at Ludlow 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb.
Original Star (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, chased winner before 3 out, ridden and weakened from 2 out, 4th of 10, 16l behind Duke Of Monmouth (10-5) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Great Hero 25-1 (11-12) Held up, mistake and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Franklin Roosevelt (11-10) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb, 8 ran.
Brody Bleu (FR) 16-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 4 out, soon weakened, last of 10, 31l behind Tornado In Milan (11-10) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Chestertern 80-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 7th, chased leaders before 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 11, 20l behind Seebright (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Munlochy Bay 10-1 (11-7) Held up behind, struggling after 8th, 9th and ridden before 3 out, switched outside before next, stayed on to go moderate 3rd between last 2, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 20l behind Victor Hewgo (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jul.
Bincombe 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not much room 6th, challenged after 3 out, not fluent last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Xaarcet (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
Typhon De Guye (FR) 13-8fav (11-6) Raced wide, held up in last pair, headway before 6th, chased leaders next, went 2nd 3 out until approaching next, 3rd and one pace when mistake last, 3rd of 8, 20l behind Call Me Sir (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) sft in Dec.
Fitandproperjob 16-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 14th of 15, 48l behind Rocky Elsom (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.