Crystal Rock may be better suited by a return to racing on a sound surface whilst Dean's Grange should appreciate this return to handicap company following a couple of stiff tasks but this looks to be a reasonable opportunity for QUETZAL to open his account. Alan King's charge showed ability in bumpers but didn't threaten over obstacles until making the frame in a weak affair on his final start; his initial handicap mark is workable as a result and he may be able to progress this season. Trump Call needs a market check as does Mark Of Love who has been given every chance by the handicapper as he returns from injury for a new yard. Mayberry and Society Venue also have claims and are closely matched on their running at Wincanton.
Crystal Rock (IRE) 11-4fav (11-7) Chased leading trio, went 3rd 5th, stayed on under pressure flat, kept on same pace flat, unable to reach winner, 3rd of 9, 4l behind The Good Guy (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Dean's Grange 7-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd after 4 out, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 10, 42l behind Dare Me (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Tignello (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Led to after 1st, led again after next, headed 4 out, led again next, headed 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure approaching last, no impression, 3rd of 11, 12l behind Organisateur (11-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Society Venue 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway on inside before 2 out where mistake, stayed on flat, never nearer, 4th of 13, 6l behind Nothing Is Forever (10-11) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Oct.
Mayberry 7-1 (11-10) Towards rear, pecked 1st, mistakes 2nd and next, headway before 2 out, disputing 3rd when hit last, no extra flat, 5th of 13, 7l behind Nothing Is Forever (10-11) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Oct.
King Of The Titans (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, ridden and lost place after 6th, soon in rear, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Kijivu (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Sun Quest 10-1 (9-13) Prominent, chased winner after 2nd until 5th, stayed on same pace from 3 out, 5th of 10, 12l behind Pascha Bere (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Trump Call (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Tracked winner after 1st, lost place from 4th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, well behind William's Wishes (11-6) at Hereford 2m 1f 4yo nov stks (4) gs in Mar.
The Cayterers 17-2 (10-0) Never a factor, 7th of 13, 22l behind Hypnotic Vibes (10-6) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Jan '08.
Quetzal (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway after 4th, chased winner 2 out, stayed on flat, no impression, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Midnight Spirit (10-7) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gf in Apr.
Mark of Love (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Held up, headway 3 out, ridden when hit 2 out, weakened, 6th of 10, 18l behind Stagehand (10-11) at Exeter 2m 1f 4yo nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Feb '08.