Despite returning from a break, ONE CONEMARA looked fit enough to do himself justice on his hurdling debut at Ludlow last month and duly obliged. He looks a nice prospect and should follow up under a penalty here. Pay The King was a big disappointment when long odds-on at Newbury on Friday but at least finished ahead of Lower Hope Dandy. Both must be doubtful starters here but Ugly Bug deserves respect if forgiven a poor run at Warwick as he beat a good yardstick at Ffos Las earlier. Dun See Dee looks a risky proposition but Off The Wall should have benefited from his run at Newbury and may be worth noting for future reference.
One Conemara (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, led flat, stayed on well, won at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Copper Birch (11-4) by 4l, 16 ran.
Ugly Bug 6-1 (11-9) Raced keenly, led until 8th, chased leader until approaching 3 out, weakened quickly and pulled up before next, in a race won by Uxizandre (11-9) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 7 ran.
Lower Hope Dandy 16-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division, jumped slowly 2nd, headway approaching 5th where not fluent, one pace and no impression on leaders after 2 out, 3rd of 15, 16l behind Moorlands Mist (11-0) at Chepstow 3m NH mdn hdl (5) sft.
Off The Wall (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Raced wide, chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out until before next, weakened soon after, 8th of 18, 31l behind Berkeley Barron (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs.
Pay The King (IRE) 8-11fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 3 out, switched inside before next, soon one pace, no impression flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Annacotty (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Upton Wood 66-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden 6th, weakened 8th, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Southfield Theatre (11-3) at Exeter 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Dun See Dee (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Prominent, went 2nd before 2nd until approaching 4th, ridden 5th, weakened 8th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Matrow's Lady (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.