Bumper winner TOP OF THE RANGE made a winning debut over timber before being well beaten in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury. He was expected to bounce back at Sandown in February but disappointed when only third to Claret Cloak, though the trip looked much too short. This should be just what he requires and he has the ability to concede weight all round. Fighting Flynn looks a big threat as his recent close third behind Goulanes at Newbury was a fair effort while Ruling Party will probably have more to give in the future, though his overall form doesn't look quite good enough. The Last Night is another for the future though he'll need to jump better than on his two runs to date.
Top Of The Range (IRE) 4-5fav (11-9) Prominent, led 3rd, mistake 5th, ridden and headed when jumped slowly 2 out, plugged on flat to press for 2nd, no chance with winner, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Claret Cloak (11-2) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Back At The Ranch (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, led 4 out, went right 2 out, pressed when went badly rightlast, rider lost irons and headed soon after, rallied gamely near finish, not recover, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Shoegazer (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr '10.
Ballypatrick (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Vendor (11-0) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Budsson 100-1 (10-13) Always behind, never a factor, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Pendra (10-3) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Fighting Flynn (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, ridden 3 out, every chance next, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Goulanes (11-1) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) gs in Mar.
Good Old Paul (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) In rear, mistakes 3rd and 5th, tailed off when mistake next and pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Nagpur (11-5) at Lingfield 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan, 13 ran.
Hurricane Henry (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Held up, pushed along 6f out, soon no chance, 10th of 11, well behind Ballyalton (10-12) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Little Chip (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Chased leaders on outside, headway approaching 4 out, disputing 3rd after 3 out, jumped slowly and weakened 2 out, 4th of 8, 31l behind Medinas (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Opera Prince 100-1 (11-0) Always in rear, 9th of 12, 41l behind Right Step (11-0) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Quotica De Poyans (FR) 10-1 (10-2) Soon prominent, blundered and reminders 8th, led 9th until,11th, led 12th until 15th, weakened approaching 5 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Ikorodu Road (10-8) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar, 10 ran.
Ruling Party 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, jumped slowly and reminder 6th, fell next, in a race won by Handy Andy (11-9) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar, 15 ran.
Saxon House (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mistake 1st, always in rear, lost touch before 4 out, tailed off when blundered 2 out, 11th of 13, well behind Poole Master (11-5) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
The Last Night (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Raced wide in mid-division, dropped towards rear after 7th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Super Duty (11-8) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Head Spin (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Held up in last pair, headway to chase leaders 7th, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 9, 32l behind Heavenstown (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Mr Pyramus 66-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden and weakened 3 out, 7th of 12, 37l behind Right Step (11-0) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.