Vinny Gambini failed to complete on his handicap debut having won a novice event at Carlisle before that and Dickie Henderhoop was in front when falling at Kelso last time. It's too soon to write off either of that pair, while the Irish raider ROMANTIC FASHION had a legitimate excuse for her recent defeat at Fairyhouse. She was taking on Gitanes Du Berlias in a Grade 3 contest and will be much more at home in this company. Rock Relief finished closer back at this level at Newcastle last month but Makhzoon will find life tougher having picked up a selling hurdle at Catterick on his latest start. Too Cool To Fool won over fences here last week but has to compete off a 17lb higher mark in this.
Rock Relief (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Mid-division, not fluent 1st or 6th, mistake 7th, 5th and ridden before 3 out, not fluent and stayed on same pace from 2 out, went 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Big Society (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Makhzoon (USA) 4-6fav (11-4) Tracked leader, pushed along after 3 out, soon outpaced and dropped to 3rd, headway to challenge 2 out, led before last, kept on well run-in, won at Catterick 2m 3f sell (5) sft in Jan beating Hunters Belt (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 3 ran.
Vinny Gambini (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, weakened 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Saphir River (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Romantic Fashion (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, closer in 3rd 4 out, ridden and dropped to 4th next, moderate 4th entering straight, went moderate 3rd from last, 3rd of 8, 27l behind Gitane Du Berlais (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mrs nov hdl G3 (1) sft in Jan.
Little Boy Boru (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Held up behind, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 8, 38l behind Chavoy (11-9) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Dickie Henderhoop (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 2nd, led 4th, narrow lead when fell last (normal 3 out), in a race won by Mr Utah (11-7) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Too Cool To Fool (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 6 out, led 4 out, clear before 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy beating Soul Angel (10-11) by 17l, 7 ran.