WAR POET was well beaten on his hurdling debut in a Listed race at Haydock last week but this is a marked drop in grade for David O'Meara's charge, who will also appreciate the faster going here. He can open his account at the main expense of Boston Blue, Embsay Crag, Fantino and Gogeo, who have also won on the Flat but are having their first start over timber today. The others have much to find on what they've shown so far under NH Rules.
Boston Blue 16-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3f out, 10th of 14, 15l behind High On A Hill (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct (flat).
Chink Of Light 50-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, weakened from 4 out, 12th of 15, 50l behind Kent Street (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Embsay Crag 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride and went left start, always in rear, last of 15, 14l behind Tartan Gigha (9-10) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct (flat).
Fantino 9-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Jasmeno (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Ginger Grey (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened from 5th, 8th of 15, 42l behind Kent Street (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Gogeo (IRE) 15-8fav (10-12) Tracked leader, led approaching 3f out, ridden and headed final furlong, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Julia Too (10-5) at Carlisle 1m 6f 4yo nhf (6) hvy in Feb.
Money Bridge 40-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, never dangerous, 13th of 14, well behind Aegean Destiny (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Number One Guy 25-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, last of 11, well behind Royal Alcor (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol (flat).
Polebrook 100-1 (10-12) Held up on outside, 5th and outpaced after 7th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Gallox Bridge (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
War Poet 28-1 (11-0) Not fluent and sometimes went right, always in rear, went modest 4th last, 4th of 5, 34l behind Molotof (11-8) at Haydock 2m Listed nov hdl (1) gs.