It's BOYSTEROUS that gets the vote in this very poor looking contest ahead of Lucozade and Tuatara Bay. Richard Ford's eight-year-old was fourth of fifteen last time out in similar company at Southwell about a month ago. On that occasion the usual cheek pieces were left off but with no real improvement in his performance expect them to be reapplied. It will be interesting to see how he acts on this going, which he tackles for the first time, but this ultra consistent performer tends to get round and only a slight improvement from his last outing should see him break the maiden. Sue Smith's Lucozade returned from 18 months away from the track to register third place here last time out with the absence ultimately defeating him. With that blow out under his belt and the fact this represents a slight step down in class he should feature again. Tuatara Bay for Richard Fahey has been tumbling down the weights and is now off a lower mark than when he won a Sedgefield contest of a similar standard. That victory may have flattered to deceive as since then only disappointment has followed including being pulled up on his last two attempts. He steps back down in trip from the latest aberrations and because of his more competitive mark this time he should be considered. Gunadoir and Tastes Like More make there seasonal reappearances after mixed and short campaigns last term. The latter returned to hurdles after failing at his attempt over the bigger obstacles and registered a placing at Hereford before pulling up on his last run. Gunadoir on the other hand had three outings last season and managed a fourth out of eight runners at Ayr in similar ground conditions over a longer trip so stamina is no concern -talent might be though in facing our selection Boysterous.
Gunadoir (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Held up, pushed along 4th, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 38l behind Prince Linamix (10-10) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Tastes Like More (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Led, reminders after 3rd, headed 7th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up 5 out in race won by Noble Action (11-2) at Bangor 3m mdn hdl (4) gd in May '07, 9 ran.
College City (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Mistake 3rd, held up in rear, never on terms, 8th of 15, 27l behind Rival Bidder (10-13) at Southwell 3m sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Gentle Mulla (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Rocheford Bridge (11-8) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-90 hvy in Oct.
Peterpan de Solzen (FR) 8-1 (10-10) Held up, always towards rear, 13th of 18, 31l behind Run Forest Run (10-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Oct.
Boysterous (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Mid-division, pushed along after 7th, headway 10th, slightly outpaced approaching 2 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 15, 7l behind Rival Bidder (10-13) at Southwell 3m sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Shade Bonny 16-1 (11-9) Behind when fell at the 6th in race won by Smart Man (10-8) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs (5) gd in Oct, 15 ran.
Amjad 25-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 19l behind Hawksbury Heights (11-5) at Hexham 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Moyne Pleasure (IRE) 250-1 (10-12) Always behind, soon detached and pulled up at the 9th in race won by Tot O'Whiskey (10-12) at Carlisle 3m nov chs (3) hvy in Oct, 8 ran.
Tuatara Bay (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, weakened 11th and pulled up at the 14th in race won by Smart Man (10-8) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs (5) gd in Oct, 15 ran.
Lucozade 20-1 (10-0) Pulled hard in rear, headway to chase leaders 4 out, effort between last 2, one pace flat, 3rd of 12, 15l behind Whatdoidowiththat (10-7) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Oct.
Beau Peak 100-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 5th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Toy Gun (10-5) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Handel With Care (IRE) 200-1 (10-6) Close up, 2 out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, well behind Door Boy (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Silver Dagger 18-1 (9-11) Held up, tailed off when pulled up at the 10th in race won by Vital Spark (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jun, 11 ran.
Teenybash 200-1 (9-12) Always behind, 8th of 14, well behind Door Boy (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Bullies Acre (IRE) 66-1 (9-7) Always behind and pulled up 4 out in race won by Cybora (11-10) at Cartmel 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May, 14 ran.