A tricky end to proceedings as Miss Tique was a promising sort a couple of years ago and Secret Edge won over 2m on the Flat in October. We may not have seen the best of Touch Back yet while Theatrebar progresses into handicap company having had just the two starts over timber. Boomtown thrives on heavy going but this might be a little too competitive for Claire Dyson's charge, who had a hard race when second at Wetherby on Tuesday. Last week's Market Rasen runner-up MURTYS DELIGHT has his ground again and can go one better at the main expense of narrow Haydock winner No No Bingo as the handicapper has taken no chances with novice Chase The Spud.
Chase The Spud 11-4fav (11-5) Held up in touch in mid-division, jumped right and bumped 1st, headway 3rd, jumped left next, closed on front pair after 5th, led before 3 out, soon headed, no impression on winner after 2 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Oscars Den (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Miss Tique (FR) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged on bit before 3 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on well, won at Chepstow 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Mar '12 beating Valmari (11-5) by 6l, 13 ran.
Secret Edge 5-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, blundered 6th, never dangerous, 4th of 9, 36l behind Nagpur (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd in May.
Touch Back (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Held up, jumped slowly 1st, not fluent 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-12) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Theatrebar 3-1 (11-5) Chased clear winner, ridden 3 out, weakened and lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Classic Move (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
No No Bingo (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Prominent on inside, took keen hold, lost place briefly 6th, closing when jumped right and bumped into rival last, driven to lead final 100 yards, held on, won at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating The Jugopolist (10-6) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Murtys Delight (IRE) 7-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, close up when ducked in behind winner last, edged left flat, no impression, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Kodicil (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Boomtown 14-1 (11-5) Led narrowly, headed 2 out (usual 3 out), soon ridden and one pace, no impression with winner before last, 2nd of 10, 9l behind Catching On (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.