AP McCoy has come to the meeting for the past two years and started with a winner on both occasions. He looks to have an outstanding chance of the hat-trick on board TOP OF THE GLAS, who would have won by now but for a few errors in his last two races. Brian Ellison also runs Film Director, who showed potential in Irish bumpers though that was back in 2013. Engrossing looks more of a threat as he showed himself more than capable of landing a maiden when splitting much better fancied rivals in what looked a strong novices' race at Doncaster. Winning point-to-pointer Throthethatch looks best of the remainder.
Engrossing 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, left 3rd 2 out (usual 3 out), one pace before last (usual 2 out), ridden and stayed on flat, went 2nd near finish, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 15, 8l behind Days Of Heaven (11-11) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Film Director (IRE) 9-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3f out, soon ridden, 3rd entering straight when rider briefly dropped reins, soon went moderate 2nd, kept on same pace without threatening winner, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Top Othe Ra (11-7) at Galway 2m NH flat in Aug '13.
Peters Grey (IRE) 150-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, faded from last, 6th of 7, 18l behind Stylish Chap (11-7) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
The Squinty Bridge 40-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 22l behind Warriors Tale (11-0) at Ayr 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Throthethatch (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, outpaced before 3f out, kept on and no impression, 5th of 7, 35l behind Uppertown Cave (11-5) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan '14.
Waky Highlander (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Held up in mid-division, headway 6th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 7th of 10, 44l behind Three Faces West (11-4) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Sirpertan 13-8 (10-9) Chased leaders, chased winner from 3 out until before last, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 23l behind Deep Resolve (10-12) at Hexham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Top of The Glas (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Prominent, took keen hold, bumped 5th, every chance when hit 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 16, 3l behind Cooking Fat (10-7) at Catterick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Titian Boy (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, well behind Another Bill (11-12) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.