Rawaaj arrives in fine fettle having won at Carlisle last month but it's a worry that his best form has been on soft ground. The same can be said of Kadouchski, though he does have a recent win on the Flat at Kempton to his credit and therefore may handle the underfoot conditions better than Donald McCain's hurdler. However, FINAL FLYER ran his best race to date when runner-up to Surf And Turf in a maiden hurdle on quick ground at Wincanton last week and Alison Thorpe's gelding gets the vote to go one better on his handicap bow. Olympian and Sadler's Star could prove best of the rest.
Olympian (FR) 6-1fav (11-3) Mid-divsion, headway to chase leaders approaching 2 out, went 3rd between last 2, soon ridden and kept on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Ministerofinterior (10-9) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Sadler's Star (GER) 11-2 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, no impression, 6th of 15, 10l behind Skye But N Ben (11-8) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Lindy Lou 10-1 (11-1) Held up in rear on outside, took keen hold, headway approaching 4th, weakened well before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind I Can Run Can You (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Final Flyer (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Led to 2nd, chased leaders, led again before 2 out, ridden before last, headed flat, kept on, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Surf And Turf (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.
Rawaaj 11-4fav (11-8) Tracked clear leader until 4th, chased leadedr next, ridden before 3 out, led 2 out, kept on gamely when under pressure from last, all out, won at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar beating Decent Lord (10-11) by hd, 6 ran.
L'Homme de Nuit (GER) 16-1 (11-11) With leader, reminder and led after 2nd, clear until slow 3rd and next, headed 5th, weakened rapidly after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by King Brex (12-0) at Sandown 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar, 8 ran.
Tri Nations (UAE) 7-4 (11-5) Settled in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, hard ridden to challenge next, weakened last, 5th of 8, 21l behind Sole Bonne Femme (10-7) at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Watergate (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Raced ide, close up until ridden after 5th, driven and beaten next, soon lost place, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Devil To Pay (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Kadouchski (FR) 4-1fav (10-1) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th before 2 out, kept on to chase winner last 100 yards, alweays held, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Valid Point (10-4) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Mar.
Haarth Sovereign (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Led, headed after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 9, 21l behind Quincy Des Pictons (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Glorybe (GER) 80-1 (10-12) Mistake 4th, behind, headway into mid-division before 6th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 14, well behind Naughty Naughty (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Only Witness (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Always behind, 10th of 13, 29l behind Ministerofinterior (10-9) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.