Grasp, Grecian Groom and Turbulance look the three to concentrate on in this handicap hurdle and the vote is given to Grasp. The selection has been in good form of late and was a fair second behind Hill Forts Timmy last time out, he remains on a fair mark and if the longer trip brings about improvement he will be hard to beat. Grecian Groom rates the main danger on his best form but all his best form is over a shorter trip and he is taken on with this in mind. Turbulance is another that could go well on his best form but he just gave the impression the handicapper had caught up with him last time out. Brendar looked progressive last season and is sure to have come on for his first run of the season so he is worth a cautionary look in the market. Of the remainder Ask The Gatherer hails from a yard in form and could go well at a price but for the winner we return to the progressive Grasp.
Grecian Groom (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Led to after 3rd, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, soon eased, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Arafan (9-11) at Ascot 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Grasp 6-1 (11-0) In touch, headway 7th, every chance 2 out, ridden to lead approaching last, headed and no extra flat, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Hill Forts Timmy (11-9) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Dec.
Ask The Gatherer (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, keen, mistakes 6th and 8th, lost place next, driven 10th, weakened 14th, 6th of 7, well behind Money Line (10-12) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Turbulance (IRE) 10-3fav (10-12) Towards rear, headway approaching 8th, soon ridden, every chance 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 13, 30l behind Iwillrememberyou (11-4) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
New Team (FR) 16-1 (10-10) In touch, weakened 6th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Mac Federal (10-10) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft, 9 ran.
Hereditary 8-1 (11-3) Towards rear, ridden and lost touch after 7th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Cave of The Giant (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Mister Pink 9-1 (11-5) Led, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 18l behind Superior Wisdom (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Brendar (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Behind, headway 4 out, ridden next, soon weakened, 8th of 14, well behind Deep Reflection (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Saint Godegrand (FR) 12-1 (10-3) Held up, reminders after 6th, ridden when unseated rider at the 7th in race won by Iwillrememberyou (11-4) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Sea Map 13-2 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden 12th, weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up at the last in race won by Ferimon (11-2) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Dec '06, 17 ran.
Pearly Star 12-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden when blundered 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up at the last in race won by Joe Brown (11-3) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan, 16 ran.