Briefcase was well beaten on his hurdling debut against the progressive Backspin and better is expected here while Grey Cruzene ran well for a long way at Lingfield a fortnight ago and this shorter trip should suit. Koup De Kanon disappointed in a higher grade at Ascot on his hurdling bow and may need more time but Not Til Monday went close over timber when second at Hexham and he can figure. German import Guarino has been off the track for a long time and a chance is taken on CEANNLINE who won three times on the Flat for Jim Bolger in Ireland and makes her hurdling debut for a yard with a good strike rate here.
Birthday Star (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, pressed leader to approaching 5th where mistake, struggling after next, soon lost touch, well behind when hit last, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind The Betchworth Kid (10-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (3) hvy in Nov '09.
Briefcase (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden and no impression, 7th of 16, 20l behind Backspin (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Citrus Mark 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, hit 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Paint The Clouds (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Drummers Drumming (USA) 200-1 (11-0) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching next, 10th of 22, 33l behind Minella Class (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Dusky Bob (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 4th, under pressure 6th, soon weakened, 8th of 12, well behind Mister Hyde (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (3) gs.
Grey Cruzene (USA) 200-1 (11-6) Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, weakened soon after, 4th of 10, 31l behind Captain Kirkton (11-6) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Guarino (GER) 100-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, struggling and no chance final 2f, 6th of 7, 13l behind Kirklees (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Jul '09 (flat).
Koup De Kanon (FR) 4-1 (11-0) Awkward first, in rear, ridden 4 out, some headway next, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 37l behind Megastar (11-0) at Ascot 2m hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Not Til Monday (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, outpaced approaching 2 out, rallied to lead approaching last, soon headed, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Holiday Cocktail (10-12) at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Two Cloudy (IRE) 150-1 (10-11) Alway towards rear, 8th of 16, 40l behind Global Power (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Ceannline (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) 11th of 15, 21l behind Bay Willow (8-4) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun (flat).
Dulce Domum 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division on outside, stumbled 6f out, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 26l behind Bute Street (9-9) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug (flat).