CARDIGAN ISLAND ran out an ultimately easy winner at Southwell yesterday and Peter Bowen must be tempted to turn him out again quickly in this weak novices' handicap under a penalty. He gets the vote if he turns up as there isn't a lot of inspiration to be drawn from the opposition. Glebehall Bay looks to be the pick of Venetia Williams' pair but he hasn't raced since February, while Musical Wedge and Hill Forts Gloria are both jumping fences for the first time in public. Kaycee was beaten when falling at Plumpton earlier this month and Drom has done little to justify his current high rating.
Drom 8-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 10th until 4 out, went 2nd again before 2 out, no impression when lost 2 places close home, 4th of 11, 8l behind Lexicon Lad (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Glebehall Bay (IRE) 11-4 (11-1) Held up in touch 7th, reminder after next, mistake 11th, outpaced 14th, weakened 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 8, 47l behind Victory Gunner (11-1) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Musical Wedge 10-1 (11-6) In touch, headway to chase winner 7th, ridden next, one pace from 2 out, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Tribal Dance (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Guydus (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Ran in snatches, jumped slowly 4th, rallied from 14th to take 3rd next, stayed on same pace from 3 out, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Wide Receiver (10-5) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Hill Forts Gloria (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Led, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, one pace, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Always Bold (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Cardigan Island (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, tailed off from 10th, blundered 5 out, blunderd 6 out, went remote 3rd after last, 3rd of 7, well behind Cucumber Run (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd.
Pensnett Bay 66-1 (10-12) Pulled hard tracking leaders, lost place 6th, soon behind, moderate 4th, 4th of 6, well behind Mush Mir (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Kaycee (IRE) 9-4 (10-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent 11th, went 2nd 4 out, blundered 3 out, no impression on winner 2 out, 3 1/2 lengths down when fell last, in a race won by Shernaz (11-12) at Plumpton 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs, 4 ran.
Septos 5-1 (10-3) Mid-division, outpaced 9th, ridden and no impression after 3 out, rallied between last 2, kept on, never reached leaders, 4th of 17, 11l behind Bernard (10-6) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Mansolias (FR) 9-1 (10-11) Led until 1st, tracked leader, mistake 3rd, lost place before 7th, behind when mistake 3 out, last of 11, well behind Kayf Commander (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 5f cond nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Sep.
Roman Landing 40-1 (10-3) In touch, reminders and lost place after 5th, behind 9th, tailed off when pulled up after 14th, in a race won by Heezagrey (10-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jun, 12 ran.
Just Playfull 14-1 (9-7) With leader, hard driven to challenge 3 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Run To Fly (10-6) at Lingfield 3m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.