STRIKEMASTER won an amateurs race at Thirsk over today's trip before taking on better company over track and trip and only managing fourth. This is easier and he's taken to reverse latest running with Danceintothelight. The latter keeps finding one too good and Sheila's Castle makes more appeal off her current mark. Northern Acres and Iron Butterfly both won over hurdles early in the year but Red Eyes has the more recent form over timber with a win at Sedgefield last month and could prove a bigger threat.
Red Eyes 33-1 (8-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Classic Punch (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Jul.
Danceintothelight 8-1 (8-9) Led 3f, prominent, pushed along 4f out, no impression on winner from over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Naburn (9-6) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Sheila's Castle 12-1 (8-8) Slowly away, held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, every chance from over 2f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Maska Pony (8-6) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Strikemaster (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) In rear, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace and no impression, 4th of 7, 8l behind Nashville (9-13) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Golden Groom 12-1 (8-5) Held up in 5th, edged left under pressure and weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 10l behind Grand Diamond (8-5) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Iron Butterfly 8-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden halfway, no impression final 2f, 6th of 14, 18l behind Maccabees (8-8) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) hvy in Oct '12.
Kingarrick 33-1 (8-7) Started very slowly, in rear, never on terms, 11th of 14, 18l behind Calculated Risk (9-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Northern Acres 33-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, towards rear over 5f out, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 35l behind Ad Value (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Apr '12.
Vandross (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Behind, headway over 4f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 28l behind Nateeja (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jul.
Ferney Boy 40-1 (8-12) Chased winner until pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 20l behind Kodicil (10-0) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Dubara Reef (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Led, headed 7f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Man From Seville (9-8) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.