Hurricane Rita was engaged to run in the opener yesterday at Ffos Las and the champion jockey has been declared on stablemate Ataman, who makes his handicap debut. Aza Run won at Uttoxeter last month but has a bit to prove in this higher grade. Cubswin returns to the scene of her debut success and, getting all the allowances, Neil King’s filly has to be worth a second look but the handicapper has given a chance today to WALSINGHAM GRANGE, who has every chance on his form at the start of the year – he can reverse Southwell running with Towering over this shorter trip.
Towering (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) In touch in rear, not fluent 5th, ridden and struggling from 3 out, 5th of 8, dist behind Huntsman Son (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Walsingham Grange (USA) 33-1 (11-12) In touch, lost place before 6th, 7th of 14, 17 1/4l behind Hoke Colburn (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
General Bux 50-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, some headway after 3 out, no impression, weakened before next, 7th of 12, 26 1/4l behind Harefield (10-12) at Warwick 2m (4) gs in Nov.
The Blue Bomber 50-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, no chance when hampered 3 out, 9th of 15, 36 1/2l behind Knocknamona (10-0) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Ataman (IRE) 125-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 14, 36l behind Mahlervous (11-0) at Southwell 2m mdn (4) gd in Dec.
Cubswin (IRE) 7-4fav (10-11) Chased leaders, 2nd after 4 out until before 3 out, 3rd and beaten after, 3rd of 8, 22 1/2l behind Phoenix Dawn (10-12) at Ludlow 2m (4) gd in Nov.
Gin And Tonic 4-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, led 6th and left clear, ridden and soon headed after 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 11 1/4l behind Bajardo (11-12) at Fakenham 2m hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Hurricane Rita (FR) 5-4fav (11-9) Held up towards rear, not fluent 6th, headway when not clear run before 3 out, chased winner approaching next, no impression, mistake last, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Cosmic Diamond (10-13) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Aza Run (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Held up and behind, good headway chasing leaders 3 out, ridden and went 2nd approaching last, driven clear, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gs in Nov beating Yasir (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.