Jumpandtravel landed a course and distance seller earlier in the campaign and hasn't run badly since but HASSADIN relished the front-running tactics employed last time when a convincing Fontwell winner and hopefully similar tactics, which are well suited to this sharp track, will be employed once again. The runner-up that day has performed well since and he can defy a 7lb rise in the ratings. It's hard to know if the move to hurdles will suit Slidecheck but his yard is shrewd and he's the one to note in the market but Running Wolf looks the likeliest threat to the selection. He's looked an improved sort over timber the last twice and is already proven at this venue.
Jumpandtravel (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, soon every chance, ridden and weakened after 2 out, 3rd of 11, 18l behind Redkalani (11-8) at Doncaster 3m hcp (5) sft in Jan.
Running Wolf (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 6 1/4l behind Percella (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Hassadin 5-1 (11-12) Made all, ridden after last, kept on well, won at Fontwell 2m 3f hcp (5) hvy in Dec beating Loves Destination (11-6) by 6l, 8 ran.
Slidecheck (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Led until before 3rd, tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, ridden 3 out, went 2nd from next, no impression on winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Goring Two (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp (5) hvy in Jan.
Betsy Boo Boo 100-1 (10-10) Held up in touch, not fluent 1st, struggling after 6th, tailed off when mistake 2 out, pulled up, at Fontwell 2m 3f (4) sft in Dec.
Vent Nivernais (FR) 8-1 (10-8) Chased leader until not fluent 2nd, ridden before 8th, pressed for 2nd from after next until before 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 5, 4 1/4l behind Fly Home Harry (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (5) sft in Nov.
Whatsupjack (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Led, headed 8th, ridden next, hit 3 out, pulled up before next, at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (5) hvy in Dec.