Cheat The Cheater didn't run badly behind stablemate The Bear Trap over 2m4f here last time and he makes more appeal than Rebecca Curtis' other runner Sandanski. Titchwood is surely better than he showed on his hurdling debut at Warwick but NUTIN FANCY was only beaten a head by Alberobello over this trip on heavy ground at Chepstow in his first run for more than a year. Any improvement on that should see him in the winner's enclosure today. Ugly Bug was second at Hereford on his hurdling debut and is also open to improvement while a market move for either of the Pipe pair, Bamboleo and Bygones Sovereign, should be noted.
Bamboleo (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2 out, went modest 4th after last, 4th of 17, 22l behind Big Society (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, jumped slowly 4th, some headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, well behind Puffin Billy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Prominent, hit 3rd, not fluent 7th, ridden approaching 3 out, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 9, 4l behind The Bear Trap (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Mumbles Bay (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, wnet 2nd 2nd, ridden after 8th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Bob Ford (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Nutin Fancy (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Mid-division in 4th, went 3rd after 5 out, headway before 2 out, stayed on well from last, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, hd behind Alberobello (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Safferano (IRE) 18-1 (10-7) Held up, headway approaching 4th, not fluent 7th, ridden next, mistake and weakened 3 out, hit 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Grouse Lodge (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Sandanski (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, reminder after 3rd, went 2nd 6th until approaching next, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 6th of 15, well behind King Helissio (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Shanks A Lot 150-1 (11-1) Not fluent, chased leaders, mistake 7th, one pace before 3 out, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Bob Ford (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Titchwood (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Prominent, led 2nd, hit 8th, headed after 3 out, 3rd and beaten 2 out, mistake last, weakened flat, 5th of 18, 17l behind Superior Quality (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Toby Lerone (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) In touch, pushed along and weakened before 6th, 9th of 17, 45l behind Big Society (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Tothemoonandback (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 14, 15l behind Border Station (10-11) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Ugly Bug 50-1 (11-0) Chased leader, led going well between last 2, stumbled last, headed and one pace when carried slightly left flat, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Midnight Prayer (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Vintage Kid (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, reminders before 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Woodford County (10-12) at Towcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 7 ran.