EVERDON BROOK has won three of his last five starts and finished second in the other two. He keeps defying the handicapper and, eased in grade after his latest victory at Catterick, can shrug off a further 10lb rise and score again as Minella Special is faced with a similar rise having just scraped home over 2m4f here on New Year's Day. Tick Tocker is making his handicap debut but won over 3m between the flags and could be interesting but Chargen is still a maiden after 26 career starts and In The Dock and Jonny Rye haven't shown much this season.
Minella Special (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, soon chasing leaders, led last, stayed on well, won at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan beating Phare Isle (10-11) by 1l, 9 ran.
Everdon Brook (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, headway before 10th, went 3rd before 2 out, led before last, ,soon clear, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft beating Sun Cloud (11-2) by 7l, 12 ran.
Tick Tocker (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Chased leaders, effort approaching 2 out, soon one pace, 4th of 15, 16l behind Special Catch (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Chargen (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, took closer order from 4 out, ridden before and led 2 out, headed and weakened before last, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Woodford County (10-12) at Towcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
In The Dock (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 7th until before 8th, weakened before 3 out, bad mistake last, tailed off, 6th of 8, 42l behind Return Spring (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Jonny Rye (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Mid-division, pushed along over 6f out, soon lost place, 8th of 13, 32l behind Captain Kelly (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.