Both of Breaking Bits' wins have come over a longer trip at Fontwell but he's best on fast ground and not easily dismissed. WALTZ DARLING only won a seller Catterick last month but his latest second to Lamps, rated 129, was arguably a better effort so Keith Reveley's charge gets the nod. Wom's best efforts have come in lesser company and Focal Maith will need to step up on his second in a maiden hurdle at Fakenham if he's to figure. But St Ignatius made the frame at the same track last time and has scope for improvement on only his fifth start over hurdles.
Waltz Darling (IRE) 6-4fav (11-10) In rear, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Lamps (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f clm hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Breaking Bits (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) With leaders, chased winner before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Superciliary (10-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Dormouse 66-1 (10-11) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 4f out, soon lost place, 9th of 15, 15l behind Presenting Arms (10-9) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Focail Maith 9-4fav (10-11) Held up and off the pace, plugged on from 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 22l behind Benbecula (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
St Ignatius 12-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, chased leading pair last, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Fujin Dancer (10-11) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Occasionally Yours (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Led, headed 2 out, chased winner until before last, ridden and weakened flat, 5th of 15, 10l behind Taradrewe (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Akula (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Towards rear, ridden when headway approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 9, 25l behind Regal D'estruval (10-10) at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Wom 12-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, ridden after 4th, tailed off approaching 3 out, 13th of 15, well behind Wintered Well (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.