Abbeygrey has won three times over fences and could be interesting from near the foot of the handicap but ROYAL TARA will have benefited from his comeback third at Ludlow, his first run since May, and may be better suited by today’s surface than a few of his rivals. Recent Wetherby winner Moving In Style warrants respect, however, and The Ogle Gogle Man arrives on a hat-trick. Heluvagood placed here and at Taunton either side of a win at Exeter and Bears Rails is starting to look well treated but the handicapper refuses to relinquish his grip on Barbrook Star. Alminar should have more to offer and is preferred to Camron De Chaillac of Nigel Hawke’s pair.
Barbrook Star (IRE) 13-8fav (11-1) Not fluent in rear, headway 9th, mistake next, close 2nd when mistake 3 out, bumped 2 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 6, 10 1/4l behind Quarenta (11-1) at Warwick 3m hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Moving In Style (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 14th, led 3 out, clear last, stayed on, won at Wetherby 3m hcp (4) gs in Dec beating Le Drapeau (11-5) by 3 3/4l, 11 ran.
Camron De Chaillac (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Reluctant to start, well behind, went left and mistake 2nd, some minor headway, never involved, 6th of 13, 19 1/2l behind Plantagenet (10-11) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Royal Tara (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Raced keenly, tracked leader 3rd, led and disputed after until went on 17th, narrowly headed 4 out, lost 2nd next, 3rd and held when mistake 2 out,, 3rd of 9, 13 1/4l behind Gardiners Hill (10-10) at Ludlow 3m 2f hcp (3) gd in Nov.
Kings Monarch 12-1 (10-8) Led, headed before 7th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 7, dist behind Amoola Gold (10-9) at Hereford 2m hcp (3) gd in Nov.
The Ogle Gogle Man (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Numerous mistakes, held up towards rear, headway from 14th, led before 3 out, idled flat, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) sft in Dec beating Pine Warbler (11-8) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Church Hall (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Hampered start, held up, headway when not fluent 10th, outpaced next, weakened 12th, went 3rd after 3 out, 3rd of 6, dist behind Keep Moving (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Have A Go Hero (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up, reminders halfway, soon beaten, pulled up after 5 out, at Market Rasen 3m 4f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Gamain (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, close up 6th, driven and outpaced by front pair after 3 out, soon lost place, no impression from next, 5th of 15, 19 3/4l behind His Dream (10-7) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Bears Rails 11-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, weakened before 14th, tailed off, 7th of 10, dist behind Potters Corner (11-8) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Heluvagood 9-1 (10-8) Towards rear, headway before 7 out, mistake 5 out, ridden before 3 out, no extra from 2 out, 3rd of 14, 15 1/4l behind Walt (11-8) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Dec.
Alminar (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place 9th, ridden after 11th, rallied on wide outside before next, weakened 3 out, 4th of 8, 19 1/4l behind Spring Wolf (10-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Jan.
Patsio (IRE) 22-1 (11-6) Soon settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, closer in 3rd before 4 out, 2nd 3 out, ridden before straight, no impression on leader and mistake 2 out, kept on same pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 16 3/4l behind Cairnhill (10-13) at Wexford 2m hcp Yielding in Oct.
Dontminddboys (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Towards rear, jumped left and baulked 1st, ridden after next, slow 3rd, mistake 12th, headway 4 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind The Ogle Gogle Man (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Abbeygrey (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, stayed on approaching last, never troubled leaders, 5th of 11, 8l behind Some Finish (10-2) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp (5) gs in Jan.
Definately Vinnie 20-1 (11-5) In touch, headway tracking leaders in 5th place 8th, mistake 11th, kept on run-in, went 2nd last strides, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Top And Drop (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) gs in Jan.
According To Harry (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Led until 1st, pressed leader until 7th, lost place after next, behind when pulled up before 10th, at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (4) gd in Jun.