This is the most competitive race on the card and several look to have decent claims. Hopatina completed her hat-trick in a mares' handicap over course and distance four weeks ago. She doesn't mind the mud and, though raised a further 7lb, should make her presence felt again. Knockraheen may need to drop a few more pounds but has ability and should be winning soon while another maiden, Silver Wren, made a promising comeback behind Upbeat Cobbler at Uttoxeter in November but has had another break since. Golden Calf ran his best race so far last time at Bangor and Yazdi and Gonalston Cloud are worth a second look but The Jugopolist only won a seller at Leicester last month and was well beaten back in handicap company next time. BARTON STACEY could be the interesting one as he looked to be on the way back at Wincanton last month and this is an easier task on paper.
Hopatina (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, soon tracked leader, led before 2 out, kept on well, won at Southwell 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating Fortuna Rose (10-12) by 6l, 5 ran.
Knockraheen (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, mistake and reminder 2nd, blundered 8th, hit 3 out and weakened soon after, mistake next, 5th of 9, 28l behind Gunna Be A Devil (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
The Jugopolist (IRE) 22-1 (10-1) Held up in last pair, niggled along after 5th, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 6, 25l behind Lamps (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.
Barton Stacey (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, headway before 6th to chase leaders, every chance before last, no extra from last, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Bob Tucker (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Silver Wren 12-1 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders until lost place after 7th, rallied to 2nd after 4 out, led narrowly 3 out, soon ridden, mistake and headed 2 out, chased winner and rallied towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Upbeat Cobbler (10-10) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Heavenstown (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, pushed along after 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 10, well behind My Oh Mount Brown (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Ifyouthinkso 4-1 (11-9) Tracked leader until 2nd, in touch, led 7th, headed next, every chance 3 out, no extra next, 7th of 13, 31l behind Kings Apollo (10-9) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Jaunty Journey 4-1 (11-5) Reminder start, led to 2nd, tracked winner, 2 lengths down in 2nd when blundered badly and unseated rider 17th, in a race won by High Ron (11-7) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Golden Calf (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Close up, headway 7th, ridden 4 out, 3rd when blundered badly and rider lost irons at last, great recovery and stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 11, 11l behind Night Of Passion (10-12) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Yazdi (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) In touch, headway and hit 3 out, led before next, ridden and headed soon after last, rallied and stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Crookstown (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Gonalston Cloud (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Behind, close up 8th, driven and outpaced after 3 out, ridden next, stayed on to challenge and every chance between last 2, no extra flat, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Admiral Blake (10-11) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
See More Power (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, weakened from 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Dubawi Island (11-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.