A watch the market race where ISLAND OSCAR makes most appeal without reference to it with Knar Mardy and A Nun With A Gun others to make our shortlist. The Irish raider has had plenty of experience in relation to many of his rivals, and having caught the eye at Newton Abbot under similar conditions, we are confident that he can gain compensation. Knar Mardy is one of the first runners out of Nicky Henderson's yard post suspension. She has disappointed the favourite backers on two occasions though the first of those was in a particularly hot Cheltenham affair. A Nun With A Gun is a little older but is also in receipt of the mares allowance. She ran well at this track in August and as she is from an unfashionable yard, she could trade at a decent price. Beta Blocker and Cresswell Pride are out of distinct flat stallions so are worthy of note. Honourable Dreamer is out of a dam who won at 2m4f over hurdles. Expect him to be fairly warm in the betting as an inmate of the Jonjo O'Neill outfit. Lady Wyndham is related to a number of winning bumper performers but probably had her best chance to land one at Newton Abbot and failed to do so. Island Oscar is the selection.
Beta Blocker Beat All gelding out of Majestic Golfe.
Cresswell Pride Overbury gelding out of Final Pride.
Honourable Dreamer (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Henry Hook (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Island Oscar (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, chased leaders approaching 5f out, pressed winner from 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Dan Breen (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Sep.
Just One Thing (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Alw pr, went on 5out, 8l clr & gng well when fell 3out, in a race won by Sandynow (11-7) at Toomebridge 3m ire ptp hvy in May, 16 ran.
Roi des Marais (FR) 14-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 10, 29l behind Benbane Head (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Taffy Thomas 33-1 (11-2) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 16, 23l behind Burton Port (11-2) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
What Bonus (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Prominent, raced keenly, led after 3f until 10f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 4th of 9, 18l behind Topsham Belle (10-4) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gf in Apr.
A Nun With A Gun (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Led, headed over 3f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Cresswell Bubbles (10-5) at Ffos Las 2m N H flat (6) gd in Aug.
Knar Mardy 5-2fav (9-12) Chased leader to 5f out, pushed along and weakened 2f out, 4th of 8, 12l behind Slate Gem (10-8) at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gf in May.
Lady Wyndham 7-2 (10-7) Disputed lead to over 5f out, soon pushed along and outpaced, 4th of 9, 27l behind Pure Faith (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Aug.
Mother Doran (IRE) Fahris mare out of Dorans Star.