REV IT UP was returning from a lengthy absence when tailed off at Chepstow and that was a much more competitive race than this. Tim Vaughan's novice still has time on his side and, if now fully wound-up, more class than Newcastle second Bit Of A Jig who makes a big step up in distance. Mauricetheathlete has won his fair share over hurdles but tends to reserve his best for Chepstow and fell on his only previous try over fences.
Bit Of A Jig (IRE) 15-8 (11-2) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed 3rd, not fluent 4th, went 3rd from 6th, pushed along next, outpaced 9th, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Yesyoucan (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Nov.
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Led, headed 4th, tracked leader, weakened after 5 out, 12th of 13, well behind Minella For Steak (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.
Rev It Up (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Led, headed 4th, chased leader until 8th, chased leading pair until outpaced in 4th next, last and struggling 11th, short-lived rally before 5 out, beaten when mistake next, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Shotgun Paddy (11-4) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (4) sft in Oct.