Forced Family Fun scored on the Flat at Ayr in October and could hardly have made a more impressive start over hurdles at Hexham. But he hasn't proved himself on quicker ground so would be happy with some rain. Most Honourable, who was chasing him when unseating Ryan Mania at Hexham, will be fancied to get closer. MUHTARIS had four runs on the Flat for Godolphin and won two of them. He cost 240,000gns as a yearling so this wouldn't have been in the script but he is taken to make a winning debut. Like A Diamond has joined Evan Williams from Ireland and ran well on his first start for the yard at Wolverhampton last month.
Forced Family Fun 11-10fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went right 5th, went 2nd 3 out, close up next, poised to challenge between last 2, led and shaken up approaching last, pushed out, comfortably, won at Hexham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov beating Roycano (10-12) by 9l, 7 ran.
Baraboy (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in touch, headway to lead before 3rd, clear next until approaching 2 out, driven when challenged between last 2, headed approaching last, 3rd and weakened flat, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Forced Family Fun (10-12) at Hexham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Ground Ginger 3-1fav (8-6) Close up, ridden 4f out, outpaced 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Lady Lunchalot (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Like A Diamond (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, not much room and hampered 6f out, chased leading pair over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Doldrums (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov (flat).
Mitchell 66-1 (8-10) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 14, 8l behind Dynastic (8-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov (flat).
Most Honourable 11-8 (10-12) In touch, tracked clear leader when went right and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Forced Family Fun (10-12) at Hexham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov, 7 ran.
Muhtaris (IRE) 10-11fav (8-10) Dwelt, mid-division, headway over 3f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating All The Winds (8-13) by 3/4l, 10 ran (flat).
Morning With Ivan (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra 2f out, last of 14, 19l behind Saxo Jack (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Aug (flat).