Beaten only a head by previous winner Mintiverdi on his debut in a bumper, CAPTAIN KIRKTON trounced the opposition on last month's hurdling bow at Lingfield. Gary Moore's charge looks a decent hurdler in the making and can take this before going on to better things. Featherbed Lane is another going the right way judged on his recent win at Leicester and he looks a bigger threat than Get It On who carries a 10lb penalty for winning a couple of races at Market Rasen late last year. Two Cloudy is steadily improving but needs more to figure in the finish here.
Get It On (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Behind, headway 3 out, every chance next, switched inside and ridden between last 2, weakened flat, 8th of 14, 12l behind Sparrow Hills (9-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Captain Kirkton (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Close up, headway to 3rd 6th, led before 2 out, well in command between last 2, drew clear flat, easily, won at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Raduis Bleu (11-6) by 17l, 10 ran.
Featherbed Lane (IRE) 6-5fav (11-5) Held up, headway approaching
Airdrie (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leader until 3rd, prominent, mistake 3 out, 4th and beaten 2 out, soon weakened, mistake last, 5th of 13, 29l behind Spirit Son (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.
Allerford Jack 7-4 (12-0) Ap; led 11 til hdd app 2 out; kpt on, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Heathyards Flyer (12-0) at Maisemore Park 2m 4f ptp gs in May.
Cantlow (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Ww mid div, prog from 5out, 3rd 3out, hmprd 2out, ld last, outpcd on flat, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Only Witness (12-0) at Lingstown 3m ire ptp sft in Nov.
Kidajo 100-1 (11-5) Not fluent 4th, always towards rear, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Accordintolawrence (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Royal Mile (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, behind 7th, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Front Of House (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Solar Express 100-1 (10-7) Mid-division, ridden 11f out, soon lost place, well behind final 5f, tailed off, last of 10, 24l behind Chain Of Command (11-0) at Kempton 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Two Cloudy (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Behind, struggling 6th, ridden before 2 out, stayed on under pressure approaching last, no impression, 4th of 12, 11l behind Not Til Monday (11-4) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Upper Deck (IRE) 150-1 (11-2) Always behind, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Spirit Son (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.
World Watch (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Mistake 1st, in rear, headway on inside 4 out, soon outpaced, stayed on to go moderate 3rd 2 out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 13, 35l behind Buddy Holly (11-5) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Finger Spin 25-1 (10-5) Chased leading pair until before 3 out, weakened and blundered next, tailed off, 6th of 8, 28l behind Nicene Creed (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct.