Brick Red has come right back to form but has shot up the weights and wouldn't want much more rain. Mwaleshi, on the other hand, thrives in the mud as does Dontpaytheferryman. INGLEBY SPIRIT likes it here and has already won twice over course and distance. He found only the well-handicapped Swing Bowler too good on his last visit to the course and can open his account for the season now, though the prolific Home Run is sure to have his supporters again despite having gone up 35lb in the weights since his winning run began. Creekside might appreciate the return to hurdles but has disappointed here on a couple of occasions previously.
Brick Red 1-2fav (11-9) Always prominent, led going well 2 out, very easily, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan beating Mubrook (10-8) by 5l, 7 ran.
Mwaleshi 9-1 (10-12) Led, headed after last, weakened flat, 5th of 10, 7l behind Bakbenscher (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Ingleby Spirit 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, effort and every chance 2 out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner after last, held flat, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Swing Bowler (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, moderate 3rd 5 out, no impression under pressure from 3 out, 5th of 15, 26l behind Dazzling Susie (11-5) at Clonmel 2m beg chase gs in Jun.
Constant Contact 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 2 out, weakened last, 7th of 10, 31l behind Bakbenscher (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Creekside 13-2 (11-3) Held up mid-division, jumped left throughout, headway before 4 out, mistake 2 out when every chance, no extra before last, 4th of 10, 8l behind Swift Arrow (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 15-2 (11-1) Led narrowly to 2nd, tracked leader, led again approaching 3 out, headed next, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Swing Bowler (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Home Run (GER) 6-4fav (11-11) Always prominent, driven to lead approaching 3 out, soon ridden and edged left, hard pressed last, edged left and stayed on under pressure flat, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan beating Takaatuf (10-5) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Arctic Court (IRE) 28-1 (11-6) Mid-division on outside, lost place and behind 4th, no danger after, 10th of 14, 17l behind Swing Bowler (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Lifetime (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division, jumped big 1st, ridden 5th, weakened after next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Buthelezi (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Calaf 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 3rd, wandered into 4th, not fluent next, headed 3 out, no impression on winner from next, mistake last, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Zarzal (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.