It's going to be interesting to see how the four-year-old A Little Bit Dusty fares in handicap company this spring, though he returns from a break today. Special Robon, a winner twice in France last summer, may also need this and Quarton hasn't been seen since finishing third over fences at Tramore in October. MAURITINO was probably aiming a little high at Kempton on Boxing Day and will be more at home back in this grade. With Maurice Linehan claiming 7lb, he can get back to winning ways as Mark Twain has been chasing and the handicapper may have got to J'Adhere. There are possibilities about Market Rasen second Amtired and last month's Warwick winner Roll The Dice, though the latter's stable is struggling for winners at present.
Mark Twain (IRE) 15-8 (10-9) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st, led next, stayed close 2nd, switched left after 4 out, led 2 out, driven last, headed flat, unable to quicken, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Wester Ross (11-5) at Leicester 2m nov chs (4) gd in Jan.
Rowan Tiger 10-1 (9-13) Took keen hold, chased leader, narrow lead 6th until ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened soon after, 8th of 10, 24l behind Smad Place (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Jan.
Mauritino (GER) 15-2 (10-4) With leaaders, lost place after 3 out, soon weakened, last of 17, well behind Knight Pass (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Amtired 16-1 (11-6) Mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, driven and outpaced before next, stayed on to challenge and every chance last, soon ridden, held flat, 2nd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Justazippy (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
J'Adhere (FR) 10-1 (10-7) Went left and slowly away, pulled hard towards rear, headway into mid-division 3rd, chased leaders 3 out, disputed 3rd when blundered next, no impression approaching last, 4th of 10, 5l behind Lucaindubai (11-4) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jan.
Noble Crusader (USA) 33-1 (11-6) Always in rear, mistake 2nd, pushed along approaching 6th, soon behind, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Oscar Gogo (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 15 ran.
Quarton (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, ridden in moderate 4th 3 out, left moderate 3rd next, no impression, 3rd of 14, 31l behind Regal D'estruval (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chs in Oct.
Special Robon (FR) (10-12) won at Vittel(FR) 2m hdl gs in Jun, 14 ran.
Walden Prince (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway 7th, weakened after next, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Native Gallery (11-10) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Taaresh (IRE) 13-8fav (11-5) Led, raced keenly, headed approaching 2 out, held when mistake last, faded, 4th of 8, 26l behind Yahrab (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Furrows 10-1 (10-8) Always behind, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Big Easy (10-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan, 9 ran.
Roll The Dice (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Prominent, challenged 3 out, led approaching last, driven out, won at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jan beating Easydoesit (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
A Little Bit Dusty 9-4fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 2nd, mistake 3 out, led approaching 2 out, in command last, ridden out, won at Plumpton 2m 3yo clm hdl (5) gd in Oct beating Bathwick Scanno (10-1) by 5l, 5 ran.
Is It Me (USA) 50-1 (11-2) Led until 2nd, remained prominent until outpaced by leaders after 3 out, 4th of 14, 19l behind Magic Prospect (10-11) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Tayarat (IRE) 100-1 (9-13) Mid-division and keen on outer, soon chased leaders, with leader 2nd, lost place before 5th, tailed off, 15th of 17, 41l behind Monarch's Way (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.