Competitive fare with both Forty Crown and Gwladys Street seeking hat-tricks. Preference is for the former who appears better treated by the official assessor and arguably has greater scope for further progress over hurdles. However, John Wade's improving gelding is taken on with HANNAH JACQUES who had been progressing very nicely over timber prior to pulling up at Haydock in Listed grade on heavy ground in December. Nicky Richards' mare will be far more at home on this better ground dropped back in to handicap company and hopefully will have benefited from her subsequent break. Keep an eye on Mary Milan too as Malcolm Jefferson's lightly-raced sort makes her handicap bow here off an acceptable mark. Throw in a considerable step-up in trip and better ground and she is definitely one to keep on the right side. She would be even more interesting should the market speak significantly in her favour.
Forty Crown (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Tracked leaders on outside, not fluent 3rd, mistake 5th, challenging when mistake 3 out, edged right and led approaching last, mistake at hurdle and headed, led again flat, hung left, driven out, won at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb beating Leac An Scail (11-5) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Pena Dorada (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, weakened next, 5th of 10, 12l behind Everaard (11-4) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Hurraboru (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, 36l behind Too Cool To Fool (10-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Hannah Jacques (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, under pressure 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by She Ranks Me (11-5) at Haydock 2m 4f mares Listed nov hdl (1) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Darlington County 80-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd before and hit 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 13, 14l behind Timesishard (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Gwladys Street (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Tracked leaders, chased leader 10th, led next, ridden 2 out, joined last, edged left flat, driven out gamely, won at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs beating Carrigeen Kariega (10-12) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Fiddlers Reel 9-1 (10-5) Always behind, pulled up, in a race won by Beeves (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs, 13 ran.
Milano Magic (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) In touch in 4th, lost place from 5 out, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Swatow Typhoon (11-4) at Ayr 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 18-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, no impression next, 3rd of 13, 19l behind Beeves (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Flying Doctor 50-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, reminders after 4 out, soon weakened, last of 9, 27l behind Monetary Fund (11-8) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Gulf Punch 25-1 (11-8) Raced wide held up, weakened 3 out, jumped badly left 2 out, 5th of 9, 31l behind Gwladys Street (11-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Mary Milan (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked winner, ridden before 2 out, about 2 lengths down and staying on when mistake last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Little Glenshee (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Trouble In Paris (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, with leader 8th, challenged 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Daasij (11-6) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Solis (GER) 14-1 (10-9) In rear, struggling after 7th, headway under pressure 3 out, stayed on to take 3rd near finish, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Grey Area (10-13) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.