held up in last pair, good headway chasing leaders before 4 out, 2nd before next, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner
shade keen, held up in last pair, smooth headway 7th, tracking leaders and went left 4 out, led on bit before next, soon clear, hard held
slight lead, headed and dropped to 3rd before 3 out, stayed on same pace
pressed leader until mistake and weakened 7th, soon behind, tailed off
took keen hold, hung left, chased leaders, weakened before 3 out
chased leaders, pushed along and weakened before 3 out
in touch, lost place and behind 4th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before next
Warren Greatrex has his team in fine form and Hunt Politics, who has shown ability in points and bumpers, was quite highly tried on his hurdling debut at Newbury. However, a line through third Molyneux suggests he has a bit to find with MASTER TOMMYTUCKER, who beat that more experienced rival over 2m2f here on his introduction - the Nicholls’ novice may be one to follow on that evidence. King Calvin got off the mark over hurdles at Wincanton at the second attempt and is open to further improvement but the drop back in trip may not suit the mare Applesolutely and Benechenko has been a big disappointment.
King Calvin (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 2 out, kept on to lead before last, kept on well, won at Wincanton 2m 4f mdn (5) sft in Mar beating Secret Investor (11-2) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Master Tommytucker 10-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, challenged and narrow lead when blundered last, kept on to regain lead towards finish, won at Exeter 2m 3f (4) sft in Feb beating Molineaux (11-9) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Benechenko (IRE) 3-1fav (11-6) Prominent, pushed along before 5 out, ridden after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 9, 25l behind On A Promise (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Ericas Lad 40-1 (11-3) Keen, chased leaders in 4th, went left 6th and reminders, hit 8th, weakened next, well tailed off, last of 5, dist behind Just Your Type (11-3) at Hereford 3m 2f (4) sft in Mar.
Hunt Politics 33-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, plugged on run-in, 5th of 7, 19 1/4l behind Euxton Lane (11-7) at Newbury 2m 5f (3) sft in Mar.
Bean Liath (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Led into start, prominent, led after 4 out, headed before mistake 3 out, 3rd and no chance with winner from 2 out, plugged on, 3rd of 11, 27l behind Phoeniciana (11-2) at Towcester 2m mdn (5) hvy in Mar.
Dawn's Little Lady 100-1 (10-10) Held up, ridden 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 5, dist behind Remastered (11-3) at Chepstow 2m (5) hvy in Feb.
Applesolutely 6-4 (11-2) Tended to jump right, raced keenly, pressed leader, led approaching 5th, clear and going strongly 9th, reduced lead when went right 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, soon beaten, 2nd of 5, 16l behind Just Your Type (11-3) at Hereford 3m 2f (4) sft in Mar.