BRINESTINE was throw in at the deep end on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon and made mistakes before falling two out when beaten. However, he'll have learned plenty from that and, successful twice on the Flat in Ireland, should be too good for these if handling the faster going. Don't Be Late was placed in a couple of bumpers but was disappointing when a beaten favourite on his hurdles bow at Southwell last month and needs more. Similar comments apply to Oscar Zulu but Titus Mills wasn't disgraced at Ludlow last month and should do better now that the ground has dried out a little. Quails Hollow is another to note as he was a fair handicapper on the Flat for William Haggas a couple of years ago.
Barista (IRE) 13-2 (8-7) In touch, headway 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Lady Layla (7-12) at Leicester 7f clm stks (6) sft in Oct (flat).
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 17l behind Flamborough Breeze (9-13) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb (flat).
Chemistry Master 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, outpaced before 3 out, 5th and held when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Annacotty (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb, 15 ran.
Chipless (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Behind, mistake 8th, lost touch next, tailed off when pulled up soon after next, in a race won by Theatrical Star (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (3) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.
Don't Be Late (IRE) 15-8fav (11-2) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, mistake and no extra next, 6th of 14, 19l behind Mixologist (11-2) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Fuhgeddaboudit 40-1 (11-2) Raced wide in touch, headway 3 out, pressing leaders when blundered 2 out, soon ridden and edged left, weakened soon after, 8th of 12, 21l behind Chatterbox (11-8) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Feb.
Hugo Drax (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Midnight Prayer (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Ilewin Kim 100-1 (11-3) Always behind, 8th of 15, well behind Annacotty (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Lone Ranger (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 10th of 14, 40l behind Mr Watson (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Oscar Zulu (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) In touch, tracked leader from 3rd, lost place when mistake 3 out, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Kilmurvy (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Picklegend 33-1 (11-0) Behind, lost touch 8th, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Miracle House (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Aug, 7 ran.
Quails Hollow (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened 2 out, 6th of 14, well behind Shotavodka (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Special Friend 25-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway after 2nd, lost place 6th, tailed off after 3 out, last of 14, well behind Mixologist (11-2) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Swincombe Stone 4-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, some headway on outside 7th, soon ridden, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Minellahalfcentury (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Titus Mills (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, not clear run on inside before 3 out, headway when mistake at hurdle, went 3rd flat, stayed on same pace, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Utopian (10-13) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Clouds Of Mist 80-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, ridden after 5th, left remote 5th 2 out, no chance, tailed off, 5th of 11, 46l behind Alder Mairi (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Brinestine (USA) 8-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, headway after 5th, weakening in 5th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Chris Pea Green (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (2) gs in Feb, 12 ran.
Rayvin Black 13-2 (9-1) Close up, ridden and weakened over 4f out, 10th of 13, 42l behind Saaboog (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct (flat).