tracked leading pair, pushed along and went 2nd before 2 out, 1/2 length down last, ridden and stayed on same pace run-in
chased winner until before 2 out, soon bumped and kept on same pace in 3rd, no chance with leading duo
always behind, tailed off
raced wide tracking leaders, jumped slowly and lost place 5th, modest 4th again before 3 out
held up in 5th place, closer tracking leading trio 4th, until before 3 out, weakened 3 out, blundered last, tailed off
made all, 1/2 length up last, hung left and kept on well to go clear run-in
never fluent, held up in last pair, awkward 2nd, reminders 3rd, hung right in 5th and weakened before 2 out, tailed off
DUHALLOW GESTURE, a winning point-to-pointer and Listed bumper winner, was a disappointing odds-on chance for a Lingfield maiden hurdle after a promising debut at Newbury though her rider dropped his whip which wouldn't have helped and the remainder were well beaten. She can gain compensation though Presidente Line, a raider from France, easily won a Pau handicap on heavy going in December and has been narrowly beaten on firm ground so conditions shouldn't be a problem. Queen's Magic has performed with credit in handicaps the last twice but may do better over further while Coded Message, a heavy-ground novices' hurdle winner at Lingfield, was well beaten at Wetherby next time.
Presidente Line (FR) (10-7) won at Pau 2m 1f hcp in Dec beating Ecbatane (10-12) by 7 1/2l, 17 ran.
Coded Message 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 6th, not fluent 3 out, 3rd and beaten when not fluent 2 out, no extra, 3rd of 6, 26l behind Mega Yeats (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) sft in Dec.
Ali The Hunter (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 12th of 16, dist behind Lisnagar Oscar (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 3f (4) gs in Jan.
Ballybough Nora (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 7th, every chance after 3 out, gradually weakened after next, 4th of 11, 18 3/4l behind Danse Idol (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f mdn (4) gd in Dec.
Broke Away (IRE) 125-1 (10-12) Tailed off throughout, mistake 5th, pulled up after 3 out, at Taunton 2m mdn (4) gd in Jan.
Duhallow Gesture (IRE) 1-2fav (10-12) Made most, joined and hit 2 out, pressed last, ridden and rider dropped whip run-in, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind The White Mouse (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f mdn (4) gs in Nov.
Minnie Escape 66-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, jumped slowly 2nd, blundered and fell 4 out, at Fontwell 2m 2f (4) gs in Jan.
Perfect Myth 14-1 (10-10) Tracked winner, ridden 2 out, one pace and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 7 1/4l behind A Little Chaos (10-10) at Fakenham 2m (4) gs in Dec.
Queen's Magic (IRE) 4-1jfav (11-12) Held up in last trio, headway on inside 3 out, 4th and one pace from last, kept on, 4th of 10, 6 1/4l behind Love Lane (11-9) at Chepstow 2m hcp (4) gs in Jan.