Thanks For Coming has only had four career starts and landed a Ludlow bumper last May. His two runs over timber have shown plenty of potential and he looks on a fair mark for his handicap debut. Mad Moose looks much more of a stayer but the ground has come right for NICENE CREED and he gets the vote. Phillip Hobbs' charge won two novice events on good going and his latest defeats have come on ground much softer than he likes. Diklers Oscar was raised 9lb for winning at Ayr and struggled from that mark on her next start while the prolific Maska Pony was put up the same amount after completing a hat-trick at Wetherby in October. Tobago Bay landed a tough Newbury handicap earlier this month and shouldn't be far away despite being 6lb higher.
Tobago Bay 12-1 (11-4) Chased leader, slight lead 4th, clear 3 out, driven from next, reduced lead and hit last, driven and held on flat, all out, won at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft beating Arctic Wings (10-11) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Maska Pony (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Raced off the pace in last trio, ridden and awkward 5th, soon outpaced, no chance when blundered 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, 40l behind Cue Card (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.
Los Nadis (GER) 25-1 (10-13) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, outpaced from 4 out, plugged on from 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 13, 18l behind Hunterview (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Feb.
Diklers Oscar (IRE) 9-2 (10-2) Held up in rear and raced on outer, headway approaching 9th, every chance before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 38l behind Knockara Beau (11-12) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Nicene Creed 5-1fav (11-2) Prominent, hard ridden 4 out, weakened after next, 6th of 14, 37l behind Ocean Transit (10-8) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
First Stream (GER) 20-1 (11-4) Mid-division, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Ocean Transit (10-8) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb, 14 ran.
Mad Moose (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led before 2 out, soon pressed, headed before last, switched sharply left run-in, no impression on winner when lost 2nd final 100 yards, in a race won by Kauto The Roc (10-8) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Nov, 12 ran.
Thanks For Coming 5-2fav (11-2) Chased leader, closed 3 out, ridden to lead before 2 out and went left, headed last, driven and held when head high and hung left towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Risaala (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gd in Feb.
Natural Action 11-4 (11-6) Held up, mid-division, headway 3 out, every chance next, one pace, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind First Stream (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Dec '09.
Glingerbank (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Towards rear, reminders after 5th, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, well behind Diklers Oscar (10-13) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, chased winner before 3 out, ridden and weakened next, 4th of 7, 22l behind Dontpaytheferryman (10-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 12-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders and keen, weakened from 4 out, 10th of 12, well behind Reindeer Dippin (11-1) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.