MISTER WISEMAN won a conditionals' race at Lingfield last week and escapes a penalty. Thomas Cheeseman rides again and though the grey has to concede 3lb to dual course and distance winner Ballyman, who looked as though the run would do him good when behind the selection here four weeks ago, he can come out on top again. The latter is weighted to reverse running with Doheny Bar here in March while Red Anchor beat Porters War at Fontwell in April but both have a bit to prove following recent efforts. Further More is more interesting after a fourth at Stratford as he's less exposed than most.
Porters War (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) In touch, went 3rd from 8th, pecked 12th, went 4th from 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 46l behind Foundation Man (11-12) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Red Anchor (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 7th, weakened after 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Toby Lerone (11-3) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Nov, 5 ran.
Further More (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, headway to dispute lead 10th, blundered and lost place 3 out, no chance with leaders from next, 4th of 9, 41l behind What A Good Night (10-10) at Stratford 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Mister Wiseman 3-1 (10-10) Led until after 6th, stumbled slightly 11th, led again 4 out, clear last, ridden out, won at Fontwell 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Nov beating According To Them (10-0) by 5l, 6 ran.
Ballyman (IRE) 9-2 (11-11) Tracked leader until before 3rd and from 5th until 7th, not fluent 9th, outpaced next, left 3rd after omitted 3 out, no impression on winner when pressing for 2nd last, tired and eased towards finish, 3rd of 6, 22l behind Croco Mister (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Doheny Bar (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Went left 1st, chased leaders, led before 4th until 6th, chased leader, weakened 13th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Milosam (10-12) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov, 8 ran.
Budsson 12-1 (10-0) Led, mistake 6th, not fluent next, headed 8th, dropped to last when not fluent next, soon ridden, lost touch after jumping left 4 out, left remote 2nd next, 2nd of 3, 35l behind Seventh Hussar (11-6) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.