Shrewd is sure to be extremely popular with Tony McCoy teaming up with John Ferguson and the ex-Michael Bell charge should be all the better for his Market Rasen debut and houses obvious claims. Mercers Court ducked out of the contest at Fontwell on Sunday on the run-in with the race at his mercy so is natural shortlist material, whilst Discay, formerly with Mark Johnston on the Flat, is a fascinating newcomer to the Dr Newland yard. However, the choice falls upon LASER BLAZER. The King charge has shaped pleasingly on both starts in decent novice company and the three-time Flat winner and likely improver looks ready to add a hurdling success to his CV with that vital experience under his belt.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 11-8fav (10-10) Led, blundered 1st, hit 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened rapidly, poor 7th when pulled up before last, in a race won by In Fairness (11-1) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Mar, 8 ran.
Blazing Glen (IRE) 100-1 (10-10) In rear and keen, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, 6th of 7, 42l behind Tsar Alexandre (10-13) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gd.
Closest Friend 14-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, closed 3f out, ridden and pressing winner over 1f out, held inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Run On Sterling (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Danger In The Park 28-1 (11-0) Always in rear, jumped slowly and struggling 4th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Handmaid (10-7) at Bangor 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) gd, 8 ran.
Discay 20-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 8l behind White Nile (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (3) sft in Oct (flat).
Laser Blazer 6-1 (10-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway chasing leaders 4th, pushed along in 4th 2 out, went modest 3rd before last, 3rd of 13, 9l behind Huff And Puff (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Mercers Court (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Led, hard driven after 2 out, swerved right and unseated rider after last, in a race won by Urcalin (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd, 10 ran.
Paddocks Lounge (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Steadied and held up well in rear, not fluent 3rd, tailed off 6th, 10th of 11, well behind My Wigwam Or Yours (11-1) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) gd in Mar.
River Clare (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, hampered next, headway 4 out, stayed on approaching 2 out, never troubled leaders, 4th of 11, 36l behind Irish Cavalier (11-7) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Rose Of Marron (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, went 3rd before 4 out, reminders before next, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 49l behind Breaking The Bank (10-9) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Shrewd 5-1 (10-10) Mid-division, pushed along to close from after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 13l behind Rolling Maul (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Twinkle Littlestar Kayf Tara mare out of Dopey Muck.