ELF DE RE won a Kelso maiden by 21 lengths and led for most of the way when tackling 2m6f on heavy ground back there next time - he can defy a penalty. Le Cheval Noir, a winning point-to-pointer and bumper, ran well for a long way on his hurdling bow over 2m5f at Wetherby and will be better for the experience. Do Your Job won a point-to-point in October and led for a long way on his debut over timber on heavy going at Uttoxeter.
Elf De Re (FR) 2-1 (11-10) Led, shaken up when hard pressed after 2 out, ridden after last, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Kiltealy Briggs (11-10) at Kelso 2m 7f (4) hvy in Jan.
Devour (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, no impression after 3 out, 8th of 14, 32l behind Decor Irlandais (11-10) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) gs in Dec.
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.
Le Cheval Noir (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up, ridden and headway 3 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 29 1/4l behind Young Bull (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 5f (4) sft in Dec.
Marvellous Joe (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division, well behind 4th, 6th of 12, dist behind Goobinator (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f (4) sft in Feb.