LE MUSEE ran a cracker on his UK and hurdling debut at Wincanton. He was beaten under a length by a winner rated 125 and would only need to run up that form here to go one better. Ar Mest is improving with experience and the Huntingdon third looks the one for forecast-backers ahead of Plumpton fourth Lost History, who holds Hier Encore on the form book. Flat winner Thames Knight just hasn’t taken to hurdles.
Alltimegold (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Not fluent 1st, towards rear, 9th of 14, 27 3/4l behind Jabulani (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f (3) sft in Nov.
Ar Mest (FR) 7-1 (11-4) Jumped left at times, took keen hold, tracked leaders, led 3rd, not fluent 4th or 5th, blundered last, headed flat, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Django Django (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m (4) sft in Jan.
Corzeam (FR) 40-1 (11-4) Reluctant to line up, steadied rear, pulled hard, latched on to back of field 3rd, struggling when mistake 5th, pulled up before next, at Southwell 2m (4) sft in Feb.
Hier Encore (FR) 50-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway before 6 out, outpaced before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, dist behind Dr Des (11-10) at Towcester 2m 3f (4) sft in Feb.
Le Musee (FR) 40-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, 7th and some headway after 3 out, went 2nd after 2 out, closed last, edged left flat, stayed on, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Molineaux (11-2) at Wincanton 1m 7f (3) hvy in Feb.
Lost History (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Mid-division, pushed along before 6th, headway chasing leaders before next, weakened after 3 out, 4th of 13, 16 1/4l behind Jaisalmer (11-5) at Plumpton 2m (4) hvy in Jan.
Thames Knight 80-1 (11-4) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, at Plumpton 2m mdn (4) sft in Jan.
Shivermetimbers (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Led, jumped left, joined 3 out, headed next, no impression on winner last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Zalvados (11-5) at Ludlow 2m mdn (4) sft in Jan.