Not many of these will end up at next year's Cheltenham Festival but MARKET MAKER made a promising start to his hurdling career when beating Arizona High by a half-a-length at Sedgefield 11 days ago. The weights suggest the runner-up should reverse the placings today but Tim Easterby's gelding still looked a little green that day and may be the more progressive of the pair. Fine Style unseated his rider early on in that Sedgefield race but had earlier finished ahead of Reach Out at Ffos Las and can't be ruled out. Red Mercury is Choc Thornton's only ride of the day but he'll need to improve dramatically on his Flat form to make his mark over timber.
Market Maker (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Held up in touch in rear, took keen hold early, reminders after 3rd and next, headway 5th, stayed on under pressure from last to lead towards finish, hung right close home, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd beating Arizona High (10-12) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Arizona High 11-2 (10-12) Took keen hold, led until after 1st, prominent, not fluent 3rd, led 3 out, ridden approaching last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Market Maker (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Basilica 80-1 (8-12) Overall leader on stands' side rail, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 31l behind Sikeeb (9-1) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr (flat).
Fine Style (IRE) 11-4 (10-9) Led after 1st, headed when tried to run out and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Market Maker (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd, 8 ran.
Go 28-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on outside, lost place over 4f out, soon behind, last of 12, well behind Pinotage (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf (flat).
Jelyvator 14-1 (9-7) Never better than mid-division, 7th of 12, 13l behind Dance For Livvy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar (flat).
Little O J Tobougg gelding out of Jodeeka.
Pope Potter 66-1 (8-13) Broke well, soon tracking leader, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 23l behind Set Me Free (9-2) at Redcar 1m mdn auc stks (6) gf (flat).
Reach Out 11-4 (10-12) Ran green and wandered at hurdles, led, went right 3rd, mistake and headed 4 out, chased winner until before next where mistake, beaten when mistake 2 out, went left last, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Cool Newport (10-5) at Ffos Las 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf.
Red Mercury (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In touch in 5th, weakened inside final 3f, last of 11, 16l behind Royal Reverie (9-1) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May (flat).
Royal Bonsai 33-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, 6th of 7, 7l behind Pintrada (9-3) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May (flat).
Vodka Red (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up, always behind, tailed off 2 out, 5th of 8, well behind Dance For Livvy (10-5) at Hexham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf.