LEXICON LAD's second over hurdles at Newton Abbot was a very encouraging effort after a year on the sidelines. He won over this course and distance last year and another bold bid is anticipated. Rockiteer has been enjoying himself in hunter chases this spring but this is a much stiffer test for the top weight. Green Bank has been knocking on the door, as has Mr Syntax, while Double Whammy won easily at Kelso last month and probably has scope for further improvement. Allanard was due to race at Uttoxeter last night, however, and the trip might be a problem for Stagecoach Pearl. Carloswayback won easily at Ffos Las but on vastly different going and now has a penalty.
Rockiteer (IRE) 2-1 (12-1) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed 6th, led before 9th until 10th, led 12th, not fluent and headed next, led 3 out, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Fakenham 3m hts chs (6) gd in May beating Earth Dream (11-3) by 14l, 6 ran.
Lexicon Lad (IRE) 15-8 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 3rd, ridden and pressed normal 2 out, headed before omitted last, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Vesperal Dream (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Stagecoach Pearl 7-1 (11-0) In rear, went 4th from 4 out, no impression, 5th of 6, 35l behind Vulcanite (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in May.
Mr Syntax (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) In touch, mistake 8th, headway when blundered 9th, closed 2 out, led on bend turning for home, headed close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Edmund (11-6) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Western King (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Raced wide and off the pace towards rear, pushed along and struggling 12th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind American Spin (11-7) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May.
Carloswayback (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway before 5 out, led 4 out, clear before 2 out, very easily, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs beating Union Jack D'ycy (11-10) by 14l, 7 ran.
Categorical 13-2 (11-2) Tracked winner until 2nd, soon lost place, ridden after 9th, stayed on to from 3 out to take 4th before last, no impression, 4th of 7, 9l behind Galway Jack (11-10) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Mar.
Green Bank (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Led, clear before 4 out, pressed 3 out, ridden before 2 out, headed run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2l behind High Ron (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Allanard (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led approaching 3 out, 7 lengths clear when blundered last, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in May beating Pistol Basc (10-8) by 2l, 6 ran.
Double Whammy 8-1 (11-4) Led or disputed lead until went on 12th, drew clear on bit 4 out, unchallenged after, very easily, won at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in May beating Runswick Days (10-12) by 19l, 11 ran.