BOBS WORTH's victory over Rock On Ruby in a Grade 2 here in January is looking a fine effort after the latter's tremendous run in the Neptune here on Wednesday and the decision to run him over the longer trip looks the correct one. Nicky Henderson's charge went better as the race progressed in that 2m5f contest and this stiffer test of stamina is just what is required. Champion Court was beaten a long way in that event but that wasn't his form as he had beaten a decent field in a similar event here in November. Court In Motion was surprisingly beaten by Back In Focus over this trip at Haydock in January but Emma Lavelle's charge should be suited by the quicker ground here and is rated better than that performance. Join Together looks a rapidly improving type who will be ideally suited by this stamina test as he was at Chepstow where he came home virtually alone in what looked a decent enough novices' event. Kilcrea Kim showed that a true test of stamina is his game when battling to victory in a tough handicap at Sandown and he's progressive enough to produce another big run despite a 10lb rise.
Ackertac (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) With leader, led after 4 out, ridden and headed before last, rallied and every chance soon after, kept on same run-in, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Al Co (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb.
Allee Garde (FR) 2-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway in 3rd 3 out, 2nd next, improved to lead travelling well before last, soon clear, easily, won at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl in Feb beating Kid Curry (11-4) by 12l, 18 ran.
Bobs Worth (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, carried right bend before 2 out, went 2nd soon after, led well before last, joined last, hung left and pressed after last, straightened and stayed on to assert final 110 yards (no time taken), won at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan beating Rock On Ruby (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Champion Court (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 3 out, hung right on bend before next, weakened well before last, tailed off, 9th of 10, 38l behind Bobs Worth (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Court In Motion (IRE) 8-13fav (11-11) Held up towards rear and keen, headway to chase leaders before 4 out, led before next, not fluent next, soon headed, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Back In Focus (11-4) at Haydock 3m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Fiulin 8-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 24, 32l behind Alarazi (10-3) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gd.
Fully Funded (USA) 7-1 (11-8) Led, headed 5th, 3rd halfway, pushed along 3 out, ridden in last and no extra 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 10l behind Hidden Cyclone (11-6) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan.
Gagewell Flyer (IRE) 13-8fav (11-8) Made all, ridden clear after 2 out, not fluent last, strongly pressed closing stages, kept on well, won at Punchestown 2m nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan beating Earlson Gray (11-2) by nk, 7 ran.
Jetnova (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Held up behind, headway 3 out, challenged next, led between last 2, ridden and kept on well flat, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb beating Boomtown Kat (10-4) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Join Together (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) Pressed leader, led 7th, drew clear from 4 out, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Super Villan (10-12) by 20l, 10 ran.
Kilcrea Kim (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led 2 out, driven out, won at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Feb beating Alfie Spinner (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 20 ran.
Moonlight Drive (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Mid-division and keen, headway approaching 6th, led before 3 out, mistake next, ridden before last, driven clear run-in, won at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Trustan Times (11-5) by 6l, 17 ran.
Mossley (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 7th until not fluent next, no chnace with winner when going 2nd again after 3 out until before 2 out, weakening when blundered 2 out, 5th of 8, 42l behind Court In Motion (11-7) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Jan.
No Secrets (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Led, hard ridden and headed approaching last, no extra, 2nd of 14, 8l behind Poungach (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gs in Jan.
Our Island (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on inside, headway 3 out, went 2nd before next, challenged between last 2, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well final 110 yards, won at Newbury 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Railway Dillon (11-5) by 4l, 7 ran.
Radetsky March (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Made all, not fluent 7th or last, held on gamely, won at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Romulus D'artaix (11-4) by shd, 18 ran.
Rif (FR) 22-1 (11-4) Held up in last trio on outside, driven and outpaced after 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 16l behind Mossley (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Dec.
Start Me Up (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) In touch towards rear, dropped behind 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bishopsfurze (11-9) at Clonmel 2m 6f lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) in Feb, 8 ran.
Sybarite (FR) 13-2 (11-2) In touch, mistake 5th, ridden to chase leaders after 3 out, went 2nd between last 2, rallied flat, not reached winner, 2nd of 17, 1l behind Chablais (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Teaforthree (IRE) 2-1fav (11-8) Prominent, led approaching 3 out, soon headed, switched right after 2 out, no impression last, 2nd of 14, 9l behind Maringo Bay (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb.