ROCKABILLY didn't do a great deal wrong when runner-up to Sarika over this trip at Exeter last month. He's 5lb higher here but that latest form has been franked and a first win over fences beckons today for the seven-year-old. Midnight Tuesday showed promise on his chasing bow over 2m4f at Exeter and has scope for further improvement but Federstar returns from an absence and former pointer Bobs Law has been largely disappointing under Rules since winning a maiden hurdle at Worcester last August. Pacco has won four times over fences, however, and wouldn't be far away if a first-time visor rekindled his enthusiasm replacing the normal blinkers.
Midnight Tuesday (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, hampered 7th, blundered 5 out, headway before 4 out, kept on from 2 out, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Valley View (11-1) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Federstar (GER) 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division, not fluent 7th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 15, 30l behind Willandrich (9-11) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Pacco (FR) 20-1 (10-8) Towards rear, fell 14th, in a race won by Giles Cross (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov, 16 ran.
Rockabilly (FR) 7-4fav (11-12) In touch in close 5th, slow and ridden 11th, went 3rd 14th, chased winner on inside before 4 out, challenged and not fluent 2 out, stayed upsides and every chance last, strong challenge flat, just held, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Sarika (11-5) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.
Bobs Law (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Held up in touch, blundered 1st, ridden after 4 out, one pace and no impression, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 17l behind Mohayer (11-7) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Notabotheronme (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, weakened from 11th, tailed off 13th, 5th of 8, well behind Cotswold Charmer (11-8) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.