Placed yet again on his latest start, TITUS BOLT is beginning to run out of excuses. But it was testing ground here last time and Jim Goldie's charge gets another chance to finally open his account over hurdles. Duel bumper winner Frankie's Promise is another making hard work of winning over timber and went close again when favourite over a longer trip at this course last month. The remainder have some catching up to do on what little they've shown so far, but Scorpions Sting looks likely to improve from his hurdling bow over track and trip and Itstimeforapint may get involved taking on obstacles for the first time today.
Frankie's Promise (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Led, mistake 6 out and 5 out, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Rinnagree Rosie (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Itstimeforapint (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Led, headed over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 16l behind Relic Rock (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) hvy.
King Vahe (IRE) 66-1 (7-9) Lost place after 1f, soon behind, outpaced 3f out, weakened and eased over 1f out, last of 10, 22l behind Alpha Tauri (8-0) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec (flat).
Marrakech Trader (NZ) 33-1 (11-4) In rear, not fluent 1st, headway before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 3rd of 6, 22l behind Final Assault (11-4) at Ayr 2m NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Probably Not (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, lost place and pushed along from 3 out, soon no extra, 17th of 25, well behind O Maonlai (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Scorpions Sting (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 4th before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 18, 22l behind Redpender (11-0) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
The Chief Villain 66-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 10th halfway, no extra approaching straight, eased, tailed off, 14th of 22, well behind Daneking (11-11) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Led, soon clear, reminders and headed pecked 4 out, one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Stonebrook (11-3) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Bobs Lady Tamure 100-1 (10-3) Always towards rear, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 4th of 10, 22l behind Stonebrook (11-3) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Alkali (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, tailed off from 5 out, 7th of 10, well behind Stonebrook (11-3) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Pixie Cut (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Led, blundered 6tth and headed briefly, headed 8th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Layla Joan (11-6) at Ayr 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.