Supreme Asset failed to follow up his debut hurdle win at Uttoxeter when attempting a longer trip. He'll finish closer in this but UBALDO DES MENHIES has the stronger form. The latter landed a maiden hurdle before going close at Doncaster behind the progressive Pine Creek - Oliver Sherwood's charge gets the nod. Border Phoenix and De Bee Keeper look likely to improve on their modest debut efforts but Early Applause will need to step up on his earlier attempts at hurdling on his first start for Nicky Richards. French import Lysino could prove best of the rest.
Supreme Asset (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division on inside, mistake 4th, headway after 6th, outpaced by leaders after 4 out, no impression after, 5th of 20, 20l behind Red Devil Boys (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 15-8 (11-5) Led, pressed after last, ridden and headed towards finish, 2nd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Ballybroe (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, well behind Broadway Buffalo (11-3) at Newcastle 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Border Phoenix 40-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3 out, weakening when jumped right 2 out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, well behind Totalize (11-0) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
De Bee Keeper (IRE) 11-4 (10-2) Mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace, 5th and held when blundered last, 6th of 11, 15l behind Bit Of A Jig (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Early Applause 13-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden after 2 out, no impression, 6th of 11, 10l behind Beyeh (10-0) at Stratford 2m 4yo hdl (3) gd in Mar '12.
Emperor Of Rome (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Prominent, jumped left 2nd, not fluent 3rd or 6th, no extra 2 out, 5th of 14, 16l behind Mixologist (11-2) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Fozy Moss 150-1 (10-12) In rear, ridden 6th, soon weakened and behind, jumped right last, 6th of 7, well behind Picks Milan (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Hot Spice 28-1 (10-13) Held up, not fluent 1st, never in contention, well held after 3 out, 8th of 14, 34l behind Mixologist (11-2) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Oscar Lateen (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Storm Call.
Rhymers Stone 33-1 (10-10) Towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 34l behind Totalize (11-0) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Trust Thomas 66-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, headway before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 9, 30l behind Eduard (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Lysino (GER) 25-1 (10-12) Raced keen, held up towards rear, headway and in touch on outside before 4th, outpaced 3 out, weakened from next, last of 7, 28l behind Totalize (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Top Billing 14-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, not much room over 2f out, soon beaten, 10th of 13, 8l behind Rhagori (9-6) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug (flat).