The former John Dunlop-trained MOUNTAIN RANGE has slipped to a very handy mark and is just the type his new handler does so well with. His last success was just over a year ago at Kempton from 8lb higher and a chance is taken that he's fit enough after a break. Noble Jack and Idol Deputy are both on hat-tricks. The former may now be too high in the weights but Mark Usher's charge loves this track and trip and is by no means harshly treated so has to be on the short-list. Brimstone Hill doesn't win very often and is now on his highest-ever mark so the main threat may come from Exning Halt, who ran several very good races on Turf last summer and could hardly have won more easily in a maiden here last month.
Brimstone Hill (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on strongly towards finish, just failed, 3rd of 9, shd behind Reflect (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Noble Jack (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating On The Hoof (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Patriotic (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Mister Musicmaster (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Lean On Pete (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, chasing leaders when under pressure over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Noble Jack (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Knowe Head (NZ) 6-4fav (8-8) Mid-division, headway 3f out, went 2nd entering final furlong, soon every chance, just held, 2nd of 9, shd behind Desert Vision (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Exning Halt 2-7fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, driven clear, ran on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Yojojo (9-0) by 7l, 6 ran.
Mountain Range (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 11l behind Art Scholar (9-10) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Idol Deputy (FR) 11-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, headway on bit over 1f out, pushed along and ran to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Exceedexpectations (8-13) by nk, 9 ran.
Dakota Canyon (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, driven to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Noble Jack (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Dazzling Valentine 11-1 (8-13) Held up, headway 2f out, pressed winner and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Hepworth (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Jan.
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 7-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 7, 1l behind Hurricane Spirit (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol.