Sam Allwood has his team in fine fettle and can register another success with Out On The Tear, who scored at Uttoxeter on his penultimate start and put up an even better effort in defeat at the same course last time.
Out On The Tear did well to get off the mark as he made a late blunder which halted his momentum in stamina-sapping ground, but he quickly asserted his authority to score by a length and a half, looking value for about double that margin.
He failed to defy a 6 lb higher mark last time but he impressed with how he travelled through the race, still looking like a well-handicapped horse, and he found only an in-form, subsequent winner too strong.
He can bounce back to winning ways.
Zoffee was fairly useful on the Flat for Tom Dascombe prior to joining Philip Hobbs earlier this season and, despite putting in a novicey round of jumping, he managed to finish runner-up on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen in December.
Sent off odds-on favourite at Taunton next time out, he confirmed the promise of his debut, jumping much better, again finding only a good prospect and subsequent winner too strong. The form of that race has been franked and he looks capable of opening his account over hurdles at the third time of asking.
Violet’s Lads had finished placed on a number of occasions from similar marks prior to finally getting off the mark at Kempton in November, and she has run well to hit the frame on both subsequent outings.
She was fourth, beaten less than a length and a half, at Kempton on her penultimate start, shaping better than the result would suggest having fared best of those who were held up.
She then produced another good effort, confirming she remains in excellent heart, when finding only a resurgent, well-handicapped sort too good at Lingfield last time. Violet’s Lads can be relied upon to give her running and ought to go close.