Handtheprizeover won a decent handicap over course and distance at the end of December but blotted his copybook when jumping poorly and being pulled up when favourite at Kempton. Relax has claims on his second to Pete The Feat in the Mandarin Chase at Newbury and the slight drop in distance will suit while Off The Ground is fitted with a hood in an attempt to fulfil his undoubted potential. Hunters Lodge, Kaituna and Bounds And Leaps should be thereabouts but John Wade continues to place HARRIS HAWK to good effect and the Catterick winner can continue his upward curve by landing this. Crafti Bookie should be winning soon and looks best of the rest with Vincitore struggling for consistency and now tried in blinkers.
Off The Ground (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Often jumped left, held up steady headway approaching 4 out, went well held 3rd before next, weakened to 4th 2 out, 4th of 8, 33l behind Buddy Bolero (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f beg chase (4) hvy in Jan.
Hunters Lodge (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, driven 5 out, soon ridden and lost place, kept on under pressure from next, 7th 2 out, rallied to take 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Ballyoliver (11-5) at Newbury 3m 2f am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Relax (FR) 10-1 (11-4) In touch, headway to 3rd approaching 15th, hit 17th and chased winner soon after, well held from 2 out, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Pete The Feat (11-7) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Fighting Flynn (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, never on terms, 8th of 12, 21l behind Loch Ba (11-7) at Newbury 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Do It For Dalkey 5-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, chased winner before last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Cool Operator (11-5) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Vincitore (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place before 10th, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 10, 30l behind State Benefit (11-4) at Sandown 3m Amateur Handicap Chase (0-130) (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec.
Morning Moment 28-1 (10-0) Led until approaching 3rd, tracked leader unti 16th, lost place 18th, 11th of 13, 26l behind Hey Big Spender (11-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Jan '12.
Handtheprizeover 3-1fav (10-4) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, lost place 11th, pushed along before next, weakened 13th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Brackloon High (10-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Jan, 9 ran.
Kaituna (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Held up in rear, poor 6th and plenty to do 4 out, stayed on approaching last, went 3rd flat, never nearer, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Valmari (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Jan.
Bounds And Leaps 4-1 (11-4) Made all, ridden after 2 out, stayed on well, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov beating Qualviro (11-12) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Crafti Bookie (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leading pair, ridden after 4 out, soon beaten, 3rd of 4, 27l behind Rose Of The Moon (11-4) at Sedgefield 3m 3f nov chs (4) sft in Dec.
Harris Hawk 11-2 (9-13) Held up in rear, headway when mistake 7th, chased leaders before 3 out, stayed on strongly to to lead after last, readily, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec beating Ballyoliver (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Dont Tell Sailor (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up in touch on inside, struggling 10th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Tour Des Champs (11-10) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Overquest 11-4 (10-12) Tracking leaders when not fluent 2nd, mistake 6th, closed 10th, went 2nd before next, led 12th, joined last, found extra and in command towards finish, won at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Et Maintenant (10-13) by 1l, 7 ran.