Eritage attempts to get back on track having been denied an easy opportunity at Taunton yesterday but won’t find it easy to defy a penalty in this company. Easy Fontwell winner Full Back also carries 6lb extra which means he is worse off at the weights than when just behind IT SURE IS at Ascot. Nicky Henderson’s charge was a hot favourite in that race but only stayed on at one pace. However, he has the strongest form in this and can make it third-time lucky over timber today. Farne is interesting as she was taking on strong opposition here in November and had useful form in bumpers. Brinkley was third at Punchestown on his hurdles debut and can improve further now with David Pipe.
Eritage (FR) 4-6fav (11-4) Led, joined 2 out, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Masters Legacy (10-12) at Taunton 2m (4) gs in Dec.
Full Back (FR) 11-4 (11-5) Raced wide, always prominent, blundered 4 out, close 2nd 3 out, led before next, soon clear, stayed on strongly, ridden out, won at Fontwell 2m 3f mdn (4) sft in Jan beating Rookie Trainer (11-5) by 4 1/4l, 13 ran.
Arc Of Bubbles (IRE) 200-1 (11-5) Mid-division on outside, not fluent 4th, well held before 2 out, plugged on, 6th of 16, 19 1/4l behind Arrivederci (11-5) at Wincanton 1m 7f mdn (5) sft in Jan.
Brinkley (FR) 50-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, ridden entering straight, 3rd at last, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 22, 1l behind Blue Sari (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn sft in Nov.
Coeur Serein (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Held up and behind, never on terms, 7th of 13, 18 1/2l behind Golden Taipan (11-8) at Kempton 2m (4) gd in Nov.
Cubao (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Chased leader, mistake 2nd, lost 2nd next, chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, behind when pulled up before the last, at Doncaster 2m 5f mdn (5) sft in Jan.
Do Your Job (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Led, pushed along and headed before last, weakened flat, 5th of 7, 21 1/4l behind St Barts (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (5) hvy in Dec.
Hawk's Well (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden 7th, mid-division when mistake 8th, well beaten after, 5th of 12, 22 1/2l behind Trincomalee (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f (4) gs in Feb.
It Sure Is (IRE) 4-5fav (11-0) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 7 1/4l behind Whatsupwithyou (11-0) at Ascot 2m 6f mdn (3) hvy in Dec.
Farne (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leader until hit 4th, chased leaders, mistake and weakened quickly after 4 out, soon behind, tailed off and eased, blundered last, last of 8, dist behind Silver Forever (11-3) at Newbury 2m (2) gs in Nov.