It's a long way to send Royal Mile, who has had his last nine starts over fences, scoring at Chepstow in October. He'll love the conditions and with a test of stamina likely will be fancied to gain his first success over timber. Political Paddy has won three times over hurdles but not for almost four years. He looked the likely winner over a slightly longer trip at Kelso last time but was collared by today's rival NOTONEBUTTWO. The winner, who was well supported despite showing little previous form, stayed on powerfully and can complete the double despite a 10lb rise in the weights. Mini The Minx can't get her head in front but was only caught in the latter stages when attempting to make all over track and trip last time and looks sure to go close again.
Vallani (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Towards rear, pushed along before 9th, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Any Given Moment (10-13) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Jack Albert (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 11th of 19, 33l behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Political Paddy 12-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway after 3rd, led before 7th, headed last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Notonebuttwo (10-11) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Grey Area (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Led and clear, reduced lead from 3 out, headed before next, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 3rd of 17, 7l behind Peccatorum (11-6) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Mar.
Whatdoidowiththat 12-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, pushed along before 10th, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 19l behind Gwladys Street (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Notonebuttwo (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 2nd when mistake 3 out, led when not fluent last, ridden out, won at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan beating Political Paddy (11-5) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Mini The Minx (IRE) 5-2 (9-13) Led, pushed along before 4 out, headed briefly 4 out, ridden and headed last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 5, nk behind Stormion (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.
Royal Mile (IRE) 2-1fav (10-9) Held up in rear, headway halfway, chased winner 4 out, weakened 2 out, 2nd of 7, 16l behind Landenstown Star (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Ahhdehken 150-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, 9th of 11, 30l behind Hidden (11-1) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Royal And Ancient (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, never on terms, 7th of 17, 17l behind Flora's Pride (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Charming Knight (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, weakened 8th, pulled up after, in a race won by Daasij (11-7) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Almond Court (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Led and raced wide, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 21l behind Gwladys Street (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.