Backspin is sure to be backed to extend his unbeaten record under Rules having beaten Court In Motion by eight lengths in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury on only his third start. Drive Time readily accounted for Brunswick Gold on his hurdling debut at Doncaster and is open to plenty of improvement, while Rock On Ruby hasn't done a lot wrong and shapes as though he'll stay this longer trip. Champion Court's C&D win in a Grade 2 in November is decent form but he could be found wanting off level terms against BOBS WORTH. The six-year-old quickened nicely to beat Rose Of The Moon and Habbie Simpson over C&D last month and gave the impression there was more in the locker - he looks one to follow.
Astracad (FR) 7-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, raced keen, pushed along and hit 2 out, soon weakened, hit last, 6th of 15, 22l behind Bobs Worth (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Backspin (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Raced in handy 3rd after 3rd, disputing lead 5th, 2nd after 4 out, well clear as field came into view final 110 yards, won at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Dec beating Court In Motion (11-7) by 8l, 8 ran.
Bobs Worth (IRE) 3-1fav (11-8) Mid-division, headway after 7th, led after 2 out, ridden after last, kept on well towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs beating Rose Of The Moon (11-2) by 2 1/4l, 15 ran.
Champion Court (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up in last trio, steady headway and hit 3 out, hit 2 out, closed on leaders between last 2, led approaching last, stayed on strongly flat, driven out, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Nov beating Sybarite (11-0) by 7l, 8 ran.
Rock On Ruby (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Appeared to make all, well clear as field came into view final 110 yards, appeared to be unchallenged, won at Newbury 2m hdl (3) gs in Dec beating Megastar (11-5) by 6l, 12 ran.
Drive Time (USA) 7-1 (11-6) Chased leader, hit 2 out, ridden to lead before last, stayed on well towards finish, won at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Brunswick Gold (11-6) by 4l, 14 ran.
Habbie Simpson 11-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear on inside, headway on outer approaching 2 out, chased winner and every chance approaching last, lost 2nd and edged left final 100 yards, no extra, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Bobs Worth (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Brunswick Gold (IRE) 10-3 (11-6) Led and took keen hold, ridden and headed before last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Drive Time (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Ohio Gold (IRE) 5-4fav (11-6) Mid-division on inside, hampered 5th, headway and in touch 7th, led narrowly 8th, ridden and headed approaching last, not much room at bypassed final flight, kept on, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Ballabriggs (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Rose Of The Moon (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along approaching 2 out, ridden and headway before last, chased winner final 100 yards, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Bobs Worth (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Sivola De Sivola (FR) 10-1 (11-2) In touch early, mid-division, headway after 4th, went 3rd approaching 2 out, chased winner last, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Spirit Son (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft.