WISE MOVE landed a conditional hurdle at Market Rasen just five days ago and escapes a penalty for that success. Nicky Henderson rarely runs his charges quickly and therefore his decision to come here looks significant, especially as Wise Move looks open to further improvement. Spanish Cruise has been runner-up the last twice and should go well again despite a career-high mark, whilst Turbo Du Ranch has shown up well in bumper and novice hurdle company. He hunted up Trip The Light last time and should get involved, although he is possibly quite harshly treated for this first run in handicap company. Ministerofinterior has obviously had training problems but is probably still capable of operating at a higher level than the seller he landed last time at Leicester.
Turbo Du Ranch (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led approaching 3 out, soon strongly challenged, headed next, rallied last, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Trip The Light (10-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Old Way (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, mistake 4 out, soon lost place, 10th of 12, well behind Bally Legend (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Spanish Cruise (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, led 7th, ridden and headed 2 out, beaten when hit last, 2nd of 11, 13l behind Elegant Olive (9-10) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.
Ministerofinterior 15-2 (10-11) Held up in touch, tracked leading pair after 6th, ridden to chase leader 2 out (usual 3 out), led after last (usual 2 out), stayed on well flat, won at Leicester 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gd in Dec beating Small Fly (10-12) by 9l, 7 ran.
Balerina (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place 3 out, soon ridden, no impression from next, 6th of 15, 11l behind Drumshambo (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Wise Move (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) In touch, led 3 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs beating Powerful Ambition (10-1) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.
Drussell (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway after 6th, went 2nd next until before 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 13, 36l behind Black Mac (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Cap Falco (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Disputed 3rd, lost place 7th, struggling 4 out, no chance form next, 4th of 6, 43l behind Fishoutofwater (11-4) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
The Lemonpie (GER) 25-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, led, clear 2nd until approaching 4th, headed next, weakened well before 2 out, went 3rd latter stages, tailed off, 3rd of 9, 43l behind Lively Fling (11-9) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan '11.