Drumlang looks as though he's in the handicapper's grip now and Goat Castle is proving most disappointing but there is probably more to come from the lightly-raced pair Dynamic Idol and Wily Fox, though the latter will do better when the ground dries out. DREAMBROOK LADY had matters well in control when stepping on the final flight and coming to grief at Chepstow last month. She's been put up 8lb since but looks to be on an upward curve and should gain compensation here.
Drumlang (IRE) 2-1fav (10-8) Held up in last pair, slow 8th, mistake and beaten next, soon behind and eased, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind All For Free (11-4) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Spoil Me (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Held up, jinked left and jumped slowly 1st, headway after 5th, went 4th last, stayed on same pace, 4th of 11, 12l behind Cousin Khee (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Jan.
Theodore Lamb 40-1 (11-4) Led narrowly to 6th, lost place before 2 out, soon beaten, 5th of 14, 18l behind Vulcanite (11-4) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Zennor 20-1 (10-7) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Secret Tune (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) std.
Canadian Diamond (IRE) 17-2 (11-10) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 3rd, ridden after next, not fluent and well held 3 out, 4th of 7, 24l behind Keep Talking (11-9) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Dec.
Dreambrook Lady (IRE) Evensfav (11-6) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, headway after next, challenged going well 3 out, soon led, in command when fell last, unlucky, in a race won by Dirty Deal (11-10) at Chepstow 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.
True Blue (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Led, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 12, 32l behind Oscar Nominee (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Dynamic Idol (USA) 50-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced approaching 2 out, went 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Dildar (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Wily Fox 33-1 (10-13) Led, clear 2nd until 5th, headed soon after 3 out, lost 2nd before 2 out, soon dropped to 4th, plugged on to 3rd again flat, 3rd of 12, 23l behind Poole Master (11-7) at Lingfield 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
No Through Road 66-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, never in contention, 9th of 15, 12l behind Roll The Dice (11-4) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Knox Overstreet 100-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, with leader, led after 2nd to before next, tracked leader, lost place after 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened next, 5th of 11, 31l behind Sadler's Risk (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Dr Darcey 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inside, pulled hard, lost place approaching 6th, behind after 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, 41l behind Monarch's Way (10-13) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Dec.
Goat Castle (IRE) 9-2fav (11-5) Mid-division, headway on inside 2nd, led after next, headed 4th, ridden and lost place 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Ophelia's Kiss (10-13) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.