FINANCIAL OUTCOME (NAP) won easily at Doncaster and was still travelling strongly when blundering 4 out at Uttoxeter. His conditional rider lost his irons so all chance was lost but Adam Wedge, who has ridden him three times in the past, is back on board today. Nativegetaway was going well before being pulled up over a trip too far at Exeter in December while Indian Brave came good at Chepstow, though is 6lb higher now. Hey Bud may need more experience but Linenhall is capable of better and may have more scope than Pres and Elite Guard.
Hey Bud 7-1 (12-0) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, unseated rider 7th, at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Jan.
Financial Outcome (IRE) 6-4fav (11-10) Disputed lead until blundered badly and good recovery by rider 4 out, never able to get back on terms, well held in 3rd from next, 3rd of 5, 12 1/2l behind Fortescue (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Indian Brave (IRE) 4-1jfav (11-12) Always well placed, led going well 2 out, hard ridden on long run-in, just held on (last fence in home straight and old water jump in back straight omitted), won at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) hvy in Jan beating On The Road (11-7) by hd, 10 ran.
Nativegetaway (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Mid-division on inside, lost place after 13th, lost touch before next, tailed off when pulled up before 15th, at Exeter 3m 7f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Linenhall (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Soon behind, struggling 6th, never involved, 6th of 8, 37 1/4l behind Django Django (11-12) at Newbury 2m 7f hcp (3) hvy in Jan.
Elite Garde (FR) 4-1 (11-2) Hampered 1st, held up, headway chasing leaders 6th, ridden and weakened in back straight, tailed off, 6th of 10, dist behind Manofthemountain (11-12) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Pres (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, closer on outside 3 out (normal 4 out), went 2nd at the last, stayed on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 3 1/4l behind Ask The Weatherman (11-13) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp (4) hvy in Jan.