Straidnahanna couldn't handle the step up to Grade 2 company on this track last month but his earlier good form had been on much more testing ground. Count Danilo still looked in need of experience despite making all for a comfortable victory over three rivals on his hurdling debut at Fakenham and this is tougher. KATACHENKO probably didn't have much to beat at Musselburgh last month but looked a nice prospect in making all the running. He faces better opposition here but, with more progress to come, he can complete the double. Garrahalish has been highly tried since his novice success at Towcester and comes up against some improving types.
Count Danilo (IRE) 10-11fav (11-0) Made all, jumped path approaching 1st, clear when jumped same path again approaching 5th, pushed along before 2 out, driven and in command before last, unchallenged, won at Fakenham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec beating Saffron Wells (10-11) by 6l, 4 ran.
Garrahalish (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Spencer Lea (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f (3) sft in Feb.
Katachenko (IRE) 7-4fav (11-3) Made all, jumped left, clear 2 out, easily, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb beating Gurkha Brave (11-3) by 12l, 5 ran.
Prairie Lad 16-1 (10-7) Held up, behind after 8th, tailed off, 7th of 10, 44l behind Masterleaderman (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Present Lodger (IRE) 4-5fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, effort over 3f out, kept on same pace, no impression final 2f, 8th of 12, 11l behind Amisfield Lad (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) gs in Dec '12.
Spiculas (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) In rear, quickly pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Un Ace (11-2) at Doncaster 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb, 11 ran.
Straidnahanna (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, weakened before 2 out, pulled up, in a race won by Toubeera (11-1) at Haydock 3m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Queen Olivia 14-1 (11-1) Not always fluent, tracked leader until before 5th, every chance after 3 out, no extra before next, 5th of 10, 18l behind Lady Charisma (10-12) at Towcester 2m (4) gs in Nov.