DISCOVERY BAY is an improving novice and was most impressive when winning by 12 lengths at Wetherby last week. If he handles the ground, Brian Ellison's five-year-old should complete the hat-trick. King Of The Wolds is the probable danger on his victory at Wetherby in December as he can be excused his run over further at Sandown last time. Ballybogey hasn't been seen since scrambling home over track and trip in January, however, and fellow Irish raider Dr Moloney's form this year wouldn't be good enough.
Ballybogey (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Led, narrowly headed 5th, chased leader until approaching 3 out, ridden and left 2 lengths 2nd 2 out, driven to lead again last, kept on under pressure flat, won at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Red Admirable (11-1) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Discovery Bay 6-4fav (10-12) Prominent in chasing group, challenge 4 out, led before 3 out, clear before last, eased run-in, won at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd beating Yes Daddy (10-11) by 12l, 9 ran.
King Of The Wolds (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, chased leader until before 3rd, chased leaders until weakened quickly after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Close Touch (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) hvy in Mar, 16 ran.
Clondaw Flicka (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, plugged on and went 4th before last, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 31l behind Zuider Zee (11-1) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Mar.
Dr Moloney (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear and keen hold, closed up 4 out, kept on same pace from next, 6th of 9, 13l behind Art Lord (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl.
Plus Jamais (FR) 28-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 9, 35l behind Eduard (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.