Both The Cockney Mackem and KELLS BELLE showed enough on their respective hurdling debuts to suggest they'll be winning soon but the latter will probably be more at home on this quicker ground than Nigel Twiston-Davies' gelding, who already looks as though he'll need more of a stamina test in time. Lobby Ludd has hinted at ability in a couple of starts but, like the selection's stablemate Flowerdew, may need more experience and none of the others make any appeal on what they've shown so far.
Dennis Doyle (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Mistakes, always behind, tailed off from before 4 out, 8th of 10, well behind Whispering Death (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Flowerdew (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway 4f out, chased leading pair 3f out to over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 9, 32l behind Balding Banker (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
High Kite (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Mid-division, pushed along and lost place on outside approaching 5th, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 45l behind Whoops A Daisy (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Lobby Ludd 50-1 (10-12) Mistake 1st, mid-division on inside, outpaced 3rd, stayed on under pressure from 3 out, never near leaders, 5th of 14, 28l behind The Reformer (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Dec.
Lucky Lukey 100-1 (11-5) Always behind, tailed off 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind Problema Tic (11-5) at Southwell 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Medicine Man (IRE) 80-1 (11-5) Led until after 4th, weakened quickly, behind next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Cucumber Run (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan, 16 ran.
Naughtyatiz (IRE) 125-1 (10-12) Always in rear, lost touch 4 out, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Storming Gale (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Onthelips (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, lost place halfway, behind from 4 out, 5th of 7, 47l behind All For Free (11-4) at Fakenham 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Past Gambles (IRE) 100-1 (10-10) Soon behind, reminders after 4th, lost touch 6th, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Harry Hunt (10-4) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Practice Round (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Behind, struggling 4th, some headway 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 8, well behind Alcalde (11-4) at Fakenham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Robello 40-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division and keen, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 25l behind Chasing Aces (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 6-4 (11-5) Held up in touch, closed to lead 3 out, soon hard pressed, headed approaching last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Featherbed Lane (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Kells Belle (IRE) 7-2fav (10-12) Held up in touch, not fluent 2nd, soon dropped back into mid-division, headway when mistake 3 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Spanish Treasure (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Marvelous 25-1 (10-11) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out, 6th of 8, well behind Skipper Robin (10-6) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) sft in Apr.
Singapore Storm (FR) 50-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, under pressure 4 out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Grandouet (11-8) at Ascot 2m 4yo hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Tild'or Du Granit (FR) 150-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, behind from 5th, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Dhaafer (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.