WILTON MILAN couldn't cope with the progressive Gevrey Chamberlin at Haydock last time but Paul Nicholls' charge can return to winning ways in this company. He's preferred to Gas Line Boy, a winner at Wincanton on his hurdling bow but prone to mistakes and beaten on a couple of occasions since. The remainder all have some catching up to do including Kempton third King Spirit and Knockraheen, sixth over track and trip on his hurdling debut when Aldiva was pulled-up. Point-to-point winner Houndscourt has his first start over timber and could prove best of the remainder.
Gas Line Boy (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Led, hit 8th and 3 out, headed and hit 2 out, chased winner, no impression when no extra in 4th just before last, 4th of 13, 12l behind Buck's Bond (10-9) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Wilton Milan (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) In touch, outpaced 7th, ridden and headway 2 out, went 3rd approaching last, plugged on, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-5) at Haydock 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Nov.
Aldiva 100-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, pressed leader, led 2nd, headed when mistake 7th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Titchwood (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb, 11 ran.
Benjamin Bittern (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Led, headed narrowly 2nd, reminder before 4 out, ridden and lost place before next, weakened 2 out, 9th of 10, well behind Drum Valley (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Handford Henry (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Behind, outpaced before 4 out, never on terms, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Super Directa (11-6) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr '11.
Houndscourt (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Spoil Me (11-5) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.
King Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Led, driven before headed 2 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 18, 13l behind Ericht (11-11) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Knockraheen (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up, mistakes, headway after 3 out, no extra last, 6th of 11, 11l behind Titchwood (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb.
Norse Wren 14-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, not fluent 1st, not much room 3rd, ridden after 7th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 11, 32l behind Fourovakind (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.
Repeat Business (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, hit 4 out, lost 2nd 3 out, weakened from next, 7th of 18, 25l behind Oscatara (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Sharp Suit (IRE) 80-1 (10-9) Raced wide on back straight on both circuits, held up in last pair, headway to chase leaders 5th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Highland Retreat (10-11) at Taunton 3m nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Teeiygee 150-1 (10-12) Not fluent in rear, mistake 7th, soon driven and lost touch, pulled up before next, in a race won by Imperial Vic (11-12) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb, 10 ran.
Mightavago 150-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, ridden and struggling after 4th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Runswick Royal (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.