BADGER FOOT may be able to record back to back successes by getting the better of Sea Venture and North Island amongst others. The last named has plenty to prove given the length of time that he has been off the track but Peter Bowen has his string in great form at present and it would be no surprise if he were fit enough to do himself justice. The handicapper's given him a chance and he's one to be interested in at this level. Sea Venture has held his form well this season and has been pretty consistent to boot and he could be hard to keep out of the frame if posting a similar performance this afternoon. Stablemate Lawaaheb is worth considering with Liam Heard in the plate but preference is for Badger Foot who won easily on his second outing over fences at Hereford. He may not have achieved a great deal that day but he did the job in good style and seemed to appreciate the better ground and looks capable of following up from just 2lbs higher.
Badger Foot (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Left tracking leader 1st, headway to challenge when left in lead of sole rival after 10th, made rest, pushed clear approaching last, readily, won at Hereford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr beating Haoyunma (9-12) by 4l, 4 ran.
Water Taxi 13-2 (11-6) In rear, mistake 6 out, blundered badly 5 out, not recover, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Dawn Ride (11-1) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Our Jim 11-2 (10-12) Led, not fluent 1st, jumped left and headed 3rd, led again narrowly 6th, headed 3 out, soon ridden, kept on until one pace approaching last, 5th of 9, 12l behind Award Winner (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Sea Venture (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Tracked leader, under pressure 3out, ridden to challenge next, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Tighe Caster (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Hold The Bid (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, led 12th, headed after 5 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 4, 47l behind Dawn Ride (11-1) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Chorizo (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) Mid-division on outside, lost place 13th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Shammy Buskins (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf.
Pingaro De La Vire (FR) 11-2 (11-5) Held up in touch, led 5th, headed 9th, soon ridden, weakening when mistake 3out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Tighe Caster (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
North Island (IRE) 9-2fav (10-11) Chased leaders, led 8th until 12th, weakened under pressure after 13th, 6th of 13, 19l behind Shouldhavehadthat (11-9) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec '08.
Our Armageddon (NZ) 33-1 (11-4) Led approaching 2nd, headed 8th, hit 10th, weakened approaching 13th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Noakarad De Verzee (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Mar, 9 ran.
Star Player (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) In touch, weakened 19th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Omix D'or (10-9) at Perth 3m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Apr, 17 ran.
Toulouse Express (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Led from 3rd, made rest, ridden after last, held on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f am hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Apr beating General Hardi (11-1) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Oniz Tiptoes (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Held up last, pushed along at various stages, blundered 12th, headway into 3rd before 4 out, ridden after 3 out, no impression when dropped to 4th after 2 out, 4th of 6, 26l behind Allterrain (10-8) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gf in Apr.
Lawaaheb (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, no extra after last, 4th of 13, 8l behind Toulouse Express (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f am hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Kings Brook 40-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, mid-division, behind 8th, pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Sir Ian (11-3) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar, 12 ran.