THANKS FOR COMING ran as though something was amiss on his handicap debut here last month. He'd been progressing well enough before that with a couple of placed efforts in novice company and Nicky Henderson's charge is worth another chance here. Pie At Midnight has been doing his recent winning over longer trips and it was only a modest seller that Perfect Reward won at Stratford last month. Agglestone Rock ran out an easy winner on the Flat recently and has claims, but Rifleman has shown his best form over further. Restart was pulled-up on his return from a long lay-off but won twice at Southwell last year and is not easily dismissed.
Pie At Midnight 9-1 (11-0) Led, headed before 3 out, chased leader, weakened after 2 out, 11th of 14, well behind Cloudy Spirit (11-4) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Mar.
Thanks For Coming 4-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway on outer after 4th, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 11, well behind Mad Moose (11-1) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Perfect Reward 11-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 6th to chase leaders, led after 3 out, soon clear, ridden out, won at Stratford 2m 3f sll hdl (5) gd in Mar beating Hypnotic Gaze (11-7) by 12l, 8 ran.
Livvy Inn (USA) 4-1fav (11-9) Mid-division, under pressure approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 38l behind Rolecarr (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs.
Agglestone Rock 3-1fav (11-5) Took keen hold in mid-division, smooth headway approaching 3 out, every chance until ridden and weakened between last 2, 4th of 9, 9l behind Shifting Gold (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Rifleman (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up behind, headway after 5 out, went 4th 4 out, no impression, 4th of 9, 23l behind Midnight Haze (11-12) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Nov.
Worth A King's 14-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 7th, in rear and blundered next, 5th of 9, 38l behind Borero (10-13) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd.
Yeoman Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Prominent, riddem approaching 6th, soon lost place, well behind before 3 out, ran on from 2 out, went 3rd flat, gaining on 2nd near finish, 3rd of 17, 5l behind Be My Light (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Restart (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, soon pushed along and hanging left, mistake 3 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Whispering Jack (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Mar, 6 ran.