MONETARY FUND comes from a top stable and is taken to win on his hurdles debut, while both Screaming Brave and Wester Ross will be worth noting in the betting market. Although he only won the one race the selection was rated as high as 83 on the flat when trained by Gerard Butler. He showed a decent level of form over various different trips and will have been well prepared by his current trainer for his hurdles debut and with a clear round he is sure to go close. Screaming Brave won twice on the level for Mick Channon but at best was only moderate. He has however improved over hurdles and was a winner on his second start for his new connections at Leicester back in November. He has not been over raced and comes back form a short break but any further rain will hinder his chances. Wester Ross won his maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter in October but has been thrown into the deep end since. This looks a more realistic challenge so any market moves should be noted. Monetary Fund looks a smart hurdling prospect and gets the vote to win on his debut.
Wester Ross (IRE) 17-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out, not fluent last, 7th of 10, 27l behind Maraafeq (11-7) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Business Class (BRZ) 12-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 12l behind King's Icon (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar (flat).
Classic Bavard 33-1 (11-1) Always behind, last of 9, well behind Ravethebrave (11-1) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Hilfiger (GER) (7-12) 5th of 8, 7l behind Titurel (9-6) at Baden-Baden(GER) 1m 4f hcp 0-100 gd in Sep (flat).
Screaming Brave 5-6fav (11-5) Led, ridden after 2 out, tired jumping last, soon headed, no extra, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Corredor Sun (10-12) at Warwick 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Smokey George 25-1 (11-0) Behind, mistake 1st, under pressure 3 out, soon beaten, 6th of 8, well behind Captain Chris (11-6) at Kempton 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Decision 11-1 (10-12) With leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 26l behind Blue Nymph (10-5) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Monetary Fund (USA) 13-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 7l behind Incendo (8-8) at Kempton 1m 4f fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct (flat).
Tricky Tree (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, stayed on after last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 32l behind Captain Chris (11-6) at Kempton 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Ridley Taylor 150-1 (10-2) Always in rear, 12th of 14, 45l behind Talenti (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Midnight Trix 28-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway 8f out, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, 12th of 20, 38l behind Cinderella Rose (10-8) at Warwick 2m mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (6) gd in Mar.