JACK THE GENT found the shorter trip and heavy ground at Sedgefield against him last time but had looked a progressive hurdler before that. He won over 2m4f at Doncaster in January before going close off a much higher mark at the same track a couple of weeks later and there should be more to come. After three placed efforts in bumpers, Dineur carried on in the same vein when second on his hurdling debut. He should be thereabouts again here, as should Kings Grey, who will be winning soon judged on his improved recent efforts. Rangefinder was a decent handicapper at his best on the Flat and is worth noting on his hurdling bow.
Harvest Song (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, soon behind, tailed off 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Full Of Joy (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Nov, 16 ran.
Jack The Gent (IRE) 7-4fav (11-9) Led until approaching 2 out, soon hard ridden, faded before last, 3rd of 10, 39l behind Desert Cry (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Alta Rock (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3rd, soon detatched, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Desert Cry (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 10 ran.
Cap Falco (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, weakened before 4f out, 9th of 11, 38l behind Knockalongi (11-5) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jan.
Cloudy Joe (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) With leader and keen, weakened from 7th, tailed off from 4 out, 10th of 17, well behind Moonlight Drive (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Dineur (FR) 11-2 (11-2) Hit 1st, led, ridden and narrowly headed 2 out, rallied to lead again last, hung badly left flat, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 13, nk behind Dark Lover (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Kings Grey (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Close up on inner, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed when edged left before last, every chance run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Raya Star (11-2) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Maraased 80-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, not fluent 1st, 4th and ridden when hung left and ran wide on bend approaching 2 out, soon beaten, weakened before last, 6th of 15, 23l behind Problema Tic (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Montiyra (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, pulled hard, weakened approaching last, 9th of 13, 19l behind Choctaw Nation (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Jun.
Provost 8-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, effort on inside over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 8l behind Una Pelota (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb (flat).
Rangefinder 50-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, lost place 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 22, 15l behind Times Up (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gs in Nov (flat).
Whiskey Ridge (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Prominent on outer, outpaced before 3 out, no impression, 6th of 18, 22l behind A Bridge Too Far (11-4) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
No Through Road 80-1 (10-2) Led, headed over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 15, 34l behind Mono Man (10-13) at Hereford 2m 1f cond & am NH flat (6) sft in Jan.