MAX THE MINISTER looked a sure-fire future winner when just failing to match the pace of King's Tempest at Warwick on his debut. He may have most to feat from Taunton scorer Rhythm Star as Bjornlucky was all out to win at Wincanton in November and the form of that race hasn't worked out. Golan Silk is well worth a market check as he's nicely bred and his yard usually have their bumper horses primed for action. Two Jabs was in good form over the trip in the autumn and should also be prominent if ready after a break.
Bjornlucky (IRE) 3-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, challenged 2f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Wincanton 1m 6f mdn nat hunt flat (6) gd in Nov beating Sirrah Star (11-1) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Two Jabs 3-1fav (11-5) Prominent on outside, led over 4f out, headed 2f out, no impression on winner and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Coyaba (11-5) at Towcester 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Nov.
He's A Bully (IRE) 11-8 (11-7) Held up; hdwy 9; led 3 out; rdn clr flat, won at Mendip Farmers 2m 4f ptp gs in Mar beating Calusa Comet (12-0) by 6l, 7 ran.
Little Louie 4-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, pushed along 6f out, soon weakened, well tailed off, last of 7, well behind Virtuel D'oudon (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Golan Silk Golan gelding out of Silk Daisy.
Max The Minister 13-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4f out, led over 3f out, riddden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind King's Tempest (11-4) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Primo Blue Primo Valentino gelding out of Flintwood.
Quest For Caviar Air Quest gelding out of Itsinthepost.
Rhythm Star 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division in touch, went 2nd 6f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Taunton 2m 1f mrs N H flat (5) hvy in Jan beating Western Diva (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Sir Hubert Multiplex gelding out of Lacounsel.
Seas The Moment (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 7l behind Double Dealites (10-2) at Lingfield 2m mares n h flat (6) std in Feb.
Bonnie Major Apple Tree filly out of Carly Bay.