Dunlough Bay has found life hard in pattern races since scoring at Lingfield in November and this is tougher than the race Timesishard won at Market Rasen three weeks ago where he just got the better of Fiddlers Bid. Ugly Bug won a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las last time but will need to step up on that so the vote goes to UXIZANDRE. Alan King's charge has returned a losing favourite in both starts this year but edges it at the weights in today's contest and is just preferred to Woodford County. The latter won on his hurdling debut at Towcester and there should be more to come from him.
Dunlough Bay (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) With winner until after 2nd, prominent, mistake 7th, jumped right 2 out, mistake last, weakened flat, 4th of 5, 9l behind Easter Day (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Feb.
Timesishard (IRE) 2-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 2 out, challenged last, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Fiddlers Bid (11-3) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Ugly Bug 7-1 (11-0) won at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Cheat The Cheater (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Uxizandre (FR) 11-10fav (11-11) Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd 4 out, ridden and every chance when hit 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, 3rd of 18, 7l behind Ericht (11-11) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Woodford County 5-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway before 8th, went 3rd 3 out, ridden before and led last, driven out, won at Towcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Enter Paradise (10-2) by 1l, 7 ran.
Cowbridge (IRE) 100-1 (11-6) Always behind, reminders after 3rd, slow and ridden 6th, tailed off, 10th of 15, well behind King Helissio (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Fiddlers Bid 4-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, led before 2 out, pressed last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Timesishard (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Jat Punjabi 10-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, went 2nd at 8th, blundered badly and fell 10th, in a race won by Sydney Paget (11-0) at Towcester 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.