Final Assault is steadily improving and only found Rockabilly Riot too good at Musselburgh earlier this month. But he may have to settle for minor honours again in this behind MCLOVIN, second to the potentially useful Aklan in a big field at Navan a couple of weeks ago having been hampered a couple of times when closing on the leaders up the home straight. The Orange Rogue has won a point-to-point and been placed in a bumper and a novice hurdle but doesn't look anything special while Kings Bandit makes his debut over obstacles.
Final Assault 10-3 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden run-in, chased winner towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Rockabilly Riot (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Haughtons Bridge (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, ridden and no extra before 4 out, 16th of 20, well behind Roll It Out (11-4) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Kings Bandit (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Took keen hold, soon led, headed after 4f, tracked leaders, lost place 4f out, plugged on same pace, no chance with leaders, 4th of 9, 14l behind Son Of Suzie (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Marlee Mourinho (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place 5 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Rinnagree Rosie (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Marrakech Trader (NZ) 5-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, soon pushed along, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 25l behind Stonebrook (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.
Mclovin (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Soon mid-division, hampered 6th, 11th approaching straight, switched right between last 2, went moderate 3rd last, switched right again closing stages, kept on without troubling winner to go 2nd near line, 2nd of 23, 9l behind Aklan (11-10) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft.
The Orange Rogue (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Led, pressed from 3 out, headed last, ridden run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Fine Rightly (10-13) at Ayr 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy.