Today's trip and going will suit Farmer Matt and Tweedledrum as both go in search of a hat-trick. The former already holds a verdict over Pause And Clause and looks a leading contender while War On and Herdsman both scored over 2m4f at this track last month and also have a shout. SAMMYS GONE just failed to follow up a win at Hereford when beaten less than a length by a Paul Nicholls hotpot at Wincanton last time. He finished well ahead of the rest of the field and normal progress can see Philip Hobbs' charge back to winning ways in this.
Sammys Gone (IRE) Evensfav (11-12) Raced keenly, held up mid-division, tracked leading pair after 3 out, led narrowly approaching next, driven and hard pressed last, ridden flat, kept on until headed and no extra near finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Benvolio (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Pause And Clause (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Led, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 8, 11l behind Farmer Matt (10-0) at Ascot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Kayf Aramis 66-1 (11-7) Led at strong pace and soon clear, reducded lead 7th, headed next, mistake and lost lost 2nd 10th, soon struggling in rear, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Reve De Sivola (11-7) at Ascot 3m 1f hdl G1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) In touch, went 3rd from 2 out, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 17, 8l behind Up And Go (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.
War On (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Led until 4th, remained prominent, under pressure after 4 out, rallied approaching 2 out, led before last, ran on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Deise Dynamo (11-2) by 5l, 8 ran.
Farmer Matt (IRE) 9-4fav (10-0) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, led next, ridden clear last, ran on well, won at Ascot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec beating Duaiseoir (11-1) by 5l, 8 ran.
Tweedledrum 16-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, closed on inside from after 8th, led before 2 out, all out, won at Kempton 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec beating Silver Gypsy (11-6) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Herdsman (IRE) 5-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, headway before 3 out, led 2 out, stayed on strongly from last, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan beating Kent Street (10-7) by 4l, 9 ran.