Bertie MIlan is on the same mark as when successful here a year ago and he'll appreciate dropping back to this grade after recent runs at a higher level. Mortimers Cross is well treated if able to recapture his best form though a longer trip appears to be required these days. King's Grace was undoubtedly fortunate to win at Sedgefield on Boxing Day though that was his first start May and he should have come on for the run. Etxalar loves this track and gained a smooth victory here in December before pulling up in a better race at Newcastle. Royal Sam hasn't shown much BALTIC PATHFINDER ploughed through the Sedgefield mud to score by 20l last month and with conditions in his favour again he's taken to defy a 5lb rise in the weights.
Hawaii Klass 5-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, not fluent, mistake 2nd, lost place before 5th, last from 8th, mistake 11th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Scotch Warrior (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jul, 6 ran.
Mortimers Cross 8-1 (10-13) Tracke dleaders in 4th, went 2nd before 9th, led 11th, headed 3 out, one pace, 4th of 9, 28l behind Reblis (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
King's Grace 7-2 (11-9) Always prominent on outside, effort 2 out, ridden and 2 lengths down in 2nd last, led flat, kept on, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec beating Brieryhill Boy (10-3) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Etxalar (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Chased leaders in 4th, weakened from 13th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Knockgraffon King (10-13) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
Royal Sam (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Mid-division, one pace from 3 out, 4th of 11, 34l behind Clondaw Flicka (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Baltic Pathfinder (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, led approaching 9th, drew clear approaching 2 out, very easily, eased down final 100 yards (3 fences omitted), won at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan beating Jim Job Jones (9-9) by 20l, 8 ran.
Bertie Milan (IRE) 9-2 (10-2) In rear and in touch, took closer order 5th, led after 9th, headed 12th, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 6, 41l behind Knockgraffon King (10-13) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.