My Viking Bay won a seller last May but usually finds at least one too good while the likes of Power Man, Sendinpost, Pod and Timeforagin appear to be going backwards. Uimhir A Seacht must go on the short-list, however, as he won by seven lengths over 2m3f at Fontwell last time and the promising Chris Meehan can stall claim 10lb. But this represents a drop in grade for the five-year-old HEAD SPIN and, trying this trip for the first time in only his second handicap, Seamus Mullins' charge gets the nod with Samingarry needing to find more to feature.
My Viking Bay (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Close up, led 3 out, soon headed, rallied to lead again before 2 out, soon headed, stayed on to go 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Killimore Cottage (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Uimhir A Seacht (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Held up, not fluent 2nd, headway to chase leaders before 5th, pushed along after 3 out, led 2 out, clear last, idled flat, ridden out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) hvy in Dec beating Bathwick Junior (10-12) by 7l, 7 ran.
Head Spin (IRE) 11-1 (11-8) Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, lost place 7th, hit 3 out, went modest 4th 2 out, no impression, 4th of 8, 30l behind Call Me Sir (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) sft in Dec.
Power Man (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leading pair, pushed along before 7th, ridden and weakened after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Call Me Sir (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Sendinpost 14-1 (11-8) Mid-division on outside, jumped right, reminder and lost place after 3rd, pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Allerton (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Sep, 10 ran.
Samingarry (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Prominent, mistake 3rd, weakened 4 out, 5th of 6, 26l behind Lucky Prince (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Gemini Ahhs (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up, raced on outside, headway after 7th, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 8, 26l behind Bally Sands (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Pod 80-1 (10-7) Mid-division, pushed along 4 out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, well behind The Italian Yob (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
Timeforagin 40-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, led 3 out, headed approaching next, weakened soon after, behind and pulled up before last, in a race won by Seymour Eric (10-11) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 12 ran.