SERGEANT PINK likes this track and is preferred to the unbeaten Malakai and potential improver Saddlers Deal. With an official rating of 128, Steve Gollings' colt sets a good standard and he was far from disgraced when third to Me Voici at Haydock last month. He sported first-time cheek-pieces there which remain on and with his excellent course form he should run well. Malakai made a successful hurdling debut at Wetherby in October and is penalised accordingly; his stable is in good form and a bold bid is expected with the ground in his favour. King In Waiting ran a good race behind Oenologue recently and his official rating of 120 gives him place claims, whilst Moonstreaker was poor last time out but remains capable of better. Saddlers Deal shaped with plenty of promise at Sedgefield last month and is open to more improvement, as is Teenage Kicks who ran well for a long way on his hurdling debut here before disappointing at Warwick on heavy ground. This could be a good chance for Sergeant Pink to get back to winning ways.
King In Waiting (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, ridden and headed last, stayed on, not pace of winner, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Oenologue (11-8) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Malakai 4-11fav (10-12) Tracked leader, challenging when hit 3 out, led between last 2, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct beating Railway Park (10-12) by 7l, 5 ran.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders and keen, hampered 2nd, led after 3rd, headed after 4 out, pushed along and outpaced approaching 3 out, kept on from next, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Me Voici (11-6) at Haydock 2m 4yo nov hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Bollin River 125-1 (10-12) Held up, tailed off from 5th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by La Sarrazine (10-5) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan, 11 ran.
Good To Be Grey 100-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway after 5th, not fluent next, soon ridden and struggling, 12th of 17, well behind Peveril (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Hurricane Electric (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, always in rear, ridden and blundered 7th, no chance when slightly hampered on inside, on bend after 3 out, 5th of 12, well behind Sarando (11-4) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Loup Sifflet (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Always behind, 11th of 14, 27l behind Bollin Michael (9-2) at Nottingham 1m app mdn hcp 0-80 (6) sft in May '06 (flat).
Moderano (CZE) 33-1 (11-0) Led, headed approaching 3rd, weakened 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Whats Up Woody (11-0) at Hexham 3m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Moonstreaker 11-1 (11-8) Led, soon clear, raced keen, headed approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 17, 45l behind Share Option (10-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Feb.
Saddlers Deal (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Held up, headway 3 out, stayed on to go 3rd between last 2, no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 10, 28l behind Benny Be Good (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Silver Accord (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Always in rear, tailed off before, mistake next, 9th of 13, well behind Diamond Brook (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Teenage Kicks (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5th until not fluent 9th, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Double Pride (11-4) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Beat The Shower 100-1 (10-12) Held up, ridden 3 out, never dangerous, 8th of 16, 12l behind Blue Nymph (10-5) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.