Mauricetheathlete is scheduled to make a swift reappearance after finishing fifth in a better race over C&D on Saturday. He never seems to run a bad race here and should be thereabouts if turned out again. Sail And Return beat subsequent Exeter winner Storm Alert over 2m4f at Uttoxeter in November and should confirm running on better terms while Always Bold stays well and likes the mud, though found Award Winner too strong off this mark at Uttoxeter on New Year's Eve. LAFLAMMEDEGLORIE has only had three career starts and the last of them was almost a year ago but fitness is rarely an issue with a David Pipe runner and he has a lot more scope than any of his rivals. Proven in the mud, he can make a successful return to action.
Love of Tara 10-1 (11-5) Raced wide, held up in mid-division, steady headway 3 out, went modest 4th before last, 4th of 12, 31l behind Queens Grove (11-2) at Hereford 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec.
Flemi Two Toes (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, reminders before 9th, weakened from 4 out, 4th of 8, 19l behind Micro Mission (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Air Force One (GER) 16-1 (11-1) Led until after 1st, pressed leader, led again after 6th, headed 3 out, weakened and blundered next, 6th of 8, 33l behind Sixty Something (11-8) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Sail And Return 12-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, challenged 3 out, led before next, not fluent last, all out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov beating Storm Alert (10-3) by nk, 10 ran.
Laflammedeglorie 11-1 (11-0) Tracked leading pair, left 2nd 4th until after 7th, challenged 4 out, led 2 out, clear last, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Power Man (11-0) by 4l, 11 ran.
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 17-2 (9-13) Prominent, every chance 3 out, soon ridden, no extra last, 5th of 14, 8l behind Amigo (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy.
Electric Tiger (GER) 14-1 (11-1) Led to 1st, tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden after last, one pace, 6th of 15, 8l behind Tanerko Emery (11-11) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Quarl Ego (FR) 9-1 (12-7) Ww; hdwy 11; led 13 til hdd app last; no ex flat, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Penric (12-0) at Hackwood Park 3m ptp gd in Mar '11.
Always Bold (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders on outside, mistake 3rd, outpaced 5th, rallied last, ran on flat, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Award Winner (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Pliny (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, struggling in rear at 9th, tailed off and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Storm Alert 9-4fav (11-3) Held up in 4th, closer order approaching 5th, went 2nd next, led before 2 out, urged along between last 2, went left last, driven and kept on well flat, won at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy beating Ripoff (11-10) by 2l, 5 ran.
Pure Anticipation (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced 3 out, weakened from next, 11th of 15, well behind Tweedledrum (9-10) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Earcomesthedream (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Prominent, ridden 3 out, one pace, 4th of 13, 16l behind Spanish Arch (11-9) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.