Don't Be Late has been placed in a couple of bumpers and the half-brother to hurdle winner Ceithleann should be thereabouts on his first start over obstacles. Jockey bookings suggest he's preferred to stablemate Special Friend but he has the more experienced TERRE DU VENT to beat in this. The latter is dropped in class after a decent effort behind much higher rated rivals including the progressive Utopie Des Bordes at Doncaster last time and can open his account. Mixologist has claims on his bumper form and better is expected from recent Catterick fourth Travis County.
Abbraccio 11-10fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Frontier Fighter (9-5) by 3/4l, 8 ran (flat).
Bankroll 22-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, tailed off from 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Eduard (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Don't Be Late (IRE) 9-4 (11-1) Held up mid-division on outer, headway over 6f out to chase leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Orchard Boy (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (5) std in Jan.
Emperor Of Rome (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Led and keen, headed 4th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Counsel (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Grange Boy (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 22l behind Blacklough (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Hot Spice 50-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, effort 3 out, one pace, never dangerous, 6th of 17, 41l behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft.
Mixologist 10-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 15, 2 3/4l behind Ericht (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Neverownup (IRE) 150-1 (10-9) Disputed lead until driven and outpaced after 3 out, no chance with front pair from next, 3rd of 7, 25l behind Harvey's Hope (10-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Rocky Rebel 20-1 (10-7) Pressed winner, lost place after 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 16, 42l behind Johns Spirit (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Salto D'albain (FR) 100-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, always towards rear, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Superior Quality (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Special Friend Presenting gelding out of Steel Grey Lady.
Supermightyfine 66-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 9th of 15, 10l behind Ericht (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Terre Du Vent (FR) 8-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 3 out, every chance next, weakened run-in, 4th of 11, 9l behind Utopie Des Bordes (11-3) at Doncaster 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd.
Travis County (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Led, headed 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 13l behind Hidden Justice (11-5) at Catterick 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft.