FLEMENSON made a winning start over hurdles at Uttoxeter but was beaten a length at Exeter on his latest outing. However, he still finished well ahead of a subsequent winner so the form looks better in hindsight and Jonjo O'Neill's charge gets the vote. Sir Mangan should make a race of it having scored easily in testing ground at Sedgefield and has plenty in hand on official ratings with last month's Newcastle winner Total Assets. The rest have shown little so far and make no appeal.
Flemenson (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, headway after 4 out, challenged next, led narrowly 2 out, soon ridden, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Rydon Pynes (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Sir Mangan (IRE) 10-11fav (11-6) Made all, ridden approaching 2 out, ran on strongly, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Dare To Endeavour (11-6) by 19l, 6 ran.
Crazy Chester (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Mid-division and raced wide, weakened from 5th, soon in rear and tailed off, last of 8, well behind Getabuzz (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Henry Jenkins 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, lost place and in rear before 7th, tailed off 8th, pulled up, in a race won by Seebright (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb '13, 11 ran.
Marlee Massie (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, mistake 8th, well beaten after next, tailed off, 8th of 10, 46l behind Masterleaderman (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Total Assets 16-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, led 4 out, left clear before last, held on well towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan beating Madam Lilibet (10-9) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Miss Twiggy 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along before halfway, lost place over 6f out, last of 8, well behind Stonebrook (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.