HONEY OF A KITTEN was weighted to go close in a claimer here last week and beat higher rated rivals than these by five lengths. He's worth sticking with in his current frame of mind. Elspeth's Boy failed to cope with an 8lb rise last time having won over a longer trip here before that. He has decent claims dropped in class and Officer In Command can be given a chance on his second to the selection earlier in the year. Banreenahreenkah has been hurdling without success since winning a seller on the Flat at Leicester last month and is another to consider ahead of the regressive Sergeant Ablett.
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 9-1 (8-4) Prominent, led over 5f out, clear over 2f out, ran on strongly, very easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol beating Tabaayun (9-3) by 5l, 6 ran.
Officer In Command (USA) 16-1 (9-9) Steadied start, behind until late headway, never on terms, 6th of 8, 9l behind Alakhan (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
West End Lad 33-1 (9-6) Raced wide prominent, led 8f out, ridden and headed 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 14, 24l behind Dynastic (8-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Banreenahreenkah (IRE) 5-4fav (8-6) In touch, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, led entering final furlong, stayed on, won at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo sll (6) gf in Oct beating Zinnobar (8-6) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Elspeth's Boy (USA) 9-2 (8-4) In touch, headway on outer 2f out, soon chased winner, one pace and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Silverware (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Sergeant Ablett (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) In touch, driven 6f out, ridden and lost place 4f out, soon behind and eased, tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Oriental Fox (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Witch Way Went 25-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon driven along and always behind, 10th of 12, 22l behind Chrissycross (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.