Blottos put a fall at Carlisle behind him to score at Sedgefield last month but DIEG MAN looks the more progressive. He also won at Sedgefield on his debut for new connections having opened his account in France earlier and the hat-trick beckons for Neil Mulholland’s charge. Take Em Out should go well if improving on November’s fourth at Taunton and Chocolat Noir may well finish closer with last month’s hurdling debut here under her belt.
Blottos (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) In touch, reminders after 3rd, outpaced 3 out, rallied to chase leader next, led after last, stayed on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn (4) sft in Dec beating Baracalu (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Dieg Man (FR) 4-5fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, led 2 out, clear last, easily, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f (4) sft in Nov beating Free Range (11-5) by 12l, 6 ran.
Big Thunder 22-1 (11-6) Reluctant to jump off, refused 1st, at Catterick 2m mdn (4) gs in Dec.
Grimthorpe 80-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, quickly lost place before halfway, tailed off, 8th of 9, dist behind Return Ticket (10-12) at Catterick 2m (6) gs in Dec.
Mission Trio (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) Mid-division, blundered 3rd, mistake 4th, weakened 6th, behind next, tailed off, 9th of 11, dist behind Enniscoffey Oscar (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 5f (4) gs in Dec.
Take Em Out (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In touch, left 2nd 5th, pushed along and every chance 2 out, no extra run-in, 4th of 11, 6 3/4l behind Diese Des Bieffes (10-12) at Taunton 2m (4) gd in Nov.
Chocolat Noir (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) In rear, effort before 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 10, 28 3/4l behind It'll Do Rightly (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) gs in Dec.
Teals Lad 100-1 (10-12) Keen in rear, not fluent 5th, weakened 8th, soon pulled up, at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) gd in Oct.