A watch-the-market race with MIDNIGHT OPERA making the most appeal at the expense of The Reformer and Carabinier. Neil Mullholland's gelding has the edge of experience on these rivals having had three runs in bumpers. The yard had a welcome winner last week and at the odds, he makes plenty of appeal. The Reformer's dam won over 1m5f in France. Related to a number of winning two milers in the provinces, it would be no surprise to see him taking a hand. Nicky Henderson won this last year so Carabinier has to be respected. He made the princely sum of 48,000 at the Doncaster sales last year. That pales into insignificance in comparison to Deputy Dog. From a strong Aga Khan bloodline, he could literally be anything. Pride In Battle is a half-brother to Afarad though he is yet to realise that level of potential thus far. Midnight Opera makes most appeal in a race likely to produce a number of winners.
Everdon Brook (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, struggling over 3f out, 7th of 12, 32l behind Awesome Freddie (11-0) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Joker Choker (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 10th of 16, well behind Fishoutofwater (11-3) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Pride In Battle (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway 4f out, pushed along 3f out, headway into one pace 3rd inside final 2f but no impression on front pair, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Johnny Mullen (10-9) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
The Reformer (IRE) Pilsudski gelding out of Tinogloria.
Another Dimension (IRE) Overbury gelding out of Freshwater.
Carabinier (FR) Martaline gelding out of Incorrigible.
Deputy Dog (IRE) Kahyasi gelding out of Hirayna.
Fontano (FR) Astarabad gelding out of Little Bud.
He's A Player Bandmaster gelding out of Name That Tune.
Midnight Opera 20-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, chased leaders, every chance 2f out, one pace over 1f out, 6th of 16, 5l behind Reinriver (10-3) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Moscow Red (IRE) Moscow Society gelding out of Chirouble.
Sir Cool (IRE) Selkirk gelding out of Legend Has It.
Smart Freddy 100-1 (10-8) Raced wide, led 3f, chased winner until over 4f out, weakened insde final 3f, 6th of 17, 22l behind Prince Of Pirates (11-1) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Dark Dancer 66-1 (10-11) Led until 5f out, weakened 4f out, last of 14, 46l behind Tiger Bay (11-4) at Lingfield 2m mdn nat hunt flt (4-6yo) (6) std in Feb.
Doowat Silver Patriarch filly out of Moon Spinner.