It was soft ground when Rigid won here in December and he was well beaten at Warwick when last seen over hurdles, but Mr Bachster went close when third at Hereford in November and is only a couple of pounds higher today. Prince Freddie was placed in a seller at Fakenham last month but will need more to figure in this, though Don't Panic could get involved with a repeat of his second at Taunton earlier this year. NAUGHTYATIZ finally got off the mark over timber when scoring at Stratford last Saturday and he may be up to going in again off a 5lb higher mark.
Littledean Jimmy (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, blundered 6th, never dangerous, 10th of 11, well behind Patavium (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan.
Jolly Roger (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, modest 7th and ridden before 3 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd close home, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 11, 29l behind Grams And Ounces (11-3) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
Trojan Sun 12-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, mistake 4th, no impression, 11th of 13, 20l behind Trip The Light (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs.
Rigid 16-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, tracked leader until after 3rd, weakened approaching 2 out, 11th of 15, 20l behind Roll The Dice (11-4) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Mytara 13-2 (10-3) Took keen hold, led, hit 3rd, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened to 4th and hit 2 out, 4th of 10, 23l behind Definite Memories (11-3) at Towcester 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs.
Mr Bachster (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Tracked winner, ridden before 2 out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Mangonel (10-7) at Kempton 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Prince Freddie 7-2 (11-3) In touch, headway 4 out, ridden next, chased winner approaching last, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Lilac Belle (10-4) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Strategic Plan (FR) 80-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Josh's Dreamway (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd, 13 ran.
Don't Panic (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders until fell heavily 3 out, in a race won by Osgood (11-10) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 11 ran.
Sacco D'oro 11-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway to 4th approaching 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out until hampered on inside bend after 3 out, stayed on same pace before next, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Whistling Senator (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Song of Pride (GER) 40-1 (9-10) Mid-division on outside, headway approaching 4th, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 8, 41l behind Malanos (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Flash Harriet 12-1 (10-9) Prominent, not fluent 4th, lost place and ridden 5th, no impression, 7th of 10, 21l behind Mujamead (11-3) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Minkie Moon (IRE) 80-1 (10-11) Led, pushed left and narrowly headed 5th, led again next, headed soon after, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 11, 36l behind Scoglio (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Naughtyatiz (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) With leader, led 3 out, soon ridden, clear before next, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Wicklewood (10-7) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Aughcarra (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Held up, hit 2nd, headway 3 out, mistake 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 7, 9l behind Amuse Me (11-12) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Mad Professor (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Never on terms, in rear and ridden along 3rd, lost touch before 3 out, 5th of 7, 27l behind Chestnut Ben (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.