DESTROYER DEPLOYED, a decent staying hurdler on his day, jumped well enough on his fencing bow at Fakenham to suggest he has a future over the larger obstacles and he should be good enough to defy his penalty against these. Keltic Rhythm has proved very frustrating over hurdles but has ability and could make the frame here while Midnight Mustang was third over timber at Taunton in December. Miss Milborne looks a bigger danger, however, as she should have learned plenty from her run behind Baby Shine at Newbury and was rated 130 over hurdles.
Destroyer Deployed 7-4 (11-0) Prominent, joined leader 3rd, led soon after 3 out, clear approaching last, eased flat, comfortable, won at Fakenham 3m beg chase (4) hvy beating Spirit Oscar (10-7) by 17l, 5 ran.
Cosway Spirit (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway under pressure after 3 out, plugged on, 5th of 13, 29l behind Velator (10-12) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb '12.
First Lad 200-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, pushed along before 3 out, soon lost place, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Diamond King (11-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Flichity (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Close up in rear, pushed along 9th, lost touch, next, left poor 3rd at 12th, got round in own time, 3rd of 5, well behind Destroyer Deployed (11-0) at Fakenham 3m beg chase (4) hvy.
Keltic Rhythm (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and some headway before 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 10, 30l behind Everaard (10-2) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Midnight Mustang 6-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, pushed along in 3rd after 3 out, led before 2 out until approaching 2 out, chased leader, driven between last 2, held when mistake last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Residence And Spa (10-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Ravens Secret 50-1 (11-2) Prominent on outside, led after 5f, headed 12f out, soon lost place, well beaten final 8f, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Mitchell's Way (11-2) at Southwell 2m 2f n h flat (4) std.
Miss Milborne 3-1 (10-12) Always last, pushed along after 6th (water), outpaced next, soon no chance, went right 10th and next, tailed off, last of 3, 37l behind Baby Shine (11-4) at Newbury 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Jan.