Grafite's poor effort in better company at Haydock may have come too soon after his Lingfield victory and he's not easily dismissed back at this level. UBALTIQUE has gone close on his last couple of starts, including when runner-up at Musselburgh last month, and Donald McCain's charge gets the vote to come out best on this occasion ahead of Justazippy, a faller at the last when still in contention at Sandown. Anna's Arch failed to land a hat-trick by only a head at Kelso on his latest outing and is another to consider in an open affair.
Grafite 14-1 (10-3) Mid-division, lost place approaching 3rd, soon beaten, 6th of 10, 31l behind Bakbenscher (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Ubaltique (FR) 13-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, led 2 out, ridden after last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Parc Des Princes (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Gormanstown Cuckoo 14-1 (11-9) Took keen hold in rear, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 34l behind Stow (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Justazippy 6-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, soon chasing leaders, ever chance when fell last, in a race won by Kentford Grey Lady (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec, 10 ran.
Anna's Arch (IRE) 5-2fav (11-3) Chased leader, led approaching 2nd, joined and bumped 2 out, ridden and headed last, rallied gamely close home, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Rhymers Ha' (10-9) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Kent Street (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division, mistake 6th, blundered and unseated rider 11th, in a race won by Harris Hawk (9-13) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Rosairlie (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden 3 out, stayed on one pace from next, 5th of 6, 4l behind Neptune Equester (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Tyrone House (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Jumped right throughout, behind when refused 2 out, in a race won by Mcmurrough (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Herdsman (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Close up and raced wide down the back straight, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 8, 16l behind Fourjacks (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.