Seymour Eric has been withdrawn from a couple of recent engagements on the morning of the race but has every chance if making the line-up today as he looks to be on an upward curve. Virginia Ash won over this trip at Plumpton last month but this looks much more competitive with American Legend capable of leaving his run at Wetherby in December behind him and He's The Daddy tackling handicap company for the first time. SMART EXIT's defeat of Everdon Brook at Fakenham has been franked and Josh Moore again takes off 3lb. A repeat of that effort would make Renee Robeson's charge hard to beat as the potentially well-treated Lady From Geneva may just need this.
Virginia Ash (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, hit 7th, went close 2nd and mistake 3 out, soon recovered to challenge in 2nd next, driven between last 2, led narrowly flat, kept on gamely, driven out, won at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan beating Tidal Dance (11-12) by nk, 10 ran.
Seymour Eric 9-4fav (10-1) Prominent, challenged 8th, led 3 out, clear before next, easily, won at Towcester 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-110) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec beating Market Option (11-6) by 24l, 6 ran.
He's The Daddy 14-1 (10-9) Held up 4th and last, left 3rd after 5th, driven after 4 out, left 6 lengths 2nd and sole rival next, no impression with winner, 2nd of 4, 23l behind High Ho Sheriff (10-12) at Chepstow 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Whatsabillion (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Always behind, went right 9th and 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before next, in a race won by Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 66-1 (9-11) Led until before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 7th of 14, 20l behind Amigo (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
American Legend (IRE) 7-4fav (11-5) Held up mid-division, reminders before 8th, went 4th before and blundered 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 34l behind Micro Mission (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Smart Exit (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge 3 out, soon outpaced, rallied after next, led after last, stayed on well, won at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan beating Everdon Brook (10-11) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Promised Wings (GER) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leaders on inside, lost place after 10th, struggling and no chance after, plugged on past beaten rivals from 2 out, 6th of 10, 23l behind Virginia Ash (11-0) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Around A Pound (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) With leader, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 19, 32l behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Go Amwell 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, blundered 4 out, soon weakened, last of 6, 41l behind Smart Exit (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Quarl Ego (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, quickly weakened before 5 out, puled up before 4 out, in a race won by Mauricetheathlete (10-12) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Twin Bud 14-1 (10-11) Chased leader until ridden and lost place after 10th, modest rally to 5th and mistake 2 out, 5th of 10, 23l behind Virginia Ash (11-0) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Lady From Geneva 10-1 (10-7) With leader, led narrowly 6th, ridden and headed before 3 out, stayed on same pace toofrom approaching next, went modest 4th flat, 4th of 11, 11l behind Young Victoria (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
One For The Boss (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Led, headed approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 12, 37l behind Benvolio (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Soutine (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place when not fluent 3rd, closed 6th, mistake next, went 2nd after 3 out until last, stayed on one pace flat, 3rd of 16, 8l behind Winds And Waves (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Top Benefit (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Chased leaders on outer, lost place over 6f out, tailed off over 3f out, 10th of 13, 48l behind Captain Kelly (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Champion Versions (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Tracked leader until 7th, ridden before 10th, not much room 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 8, 18l behind Always Bold (11-11) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.