Sparville was making his debut over fences when a close second to Bridlingtonbygones at Catterick but looks a bit high in the weights. FIFTYONEFIFTYONE will appreciate returning to good ground and, though he doesn't win very often, he's generally competed at a higher level on unsuitable going and is well enough in to take this. Silver Steel seems to prefer more testing conditions and the veteran Star Galaxy generally only wins on heavy ground.
Sparville (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 3 out, quickened clear before 2 out, ridden before last, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Bridlingtonbygones (11-0) at Catterick 2m nov chs 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Fiftyonefiftyone (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 3rd at 6th, chasing leader when hit 9th, driven and weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 8, 18l behind Silver Roque (11-12) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Star Galaxy (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, went 4th at 11th, weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 6, 28l behind Time To Think (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Silver Steel (FR) 9-2 (11-6) Towards rear, mistake 3rd, hampered and in touch from 5th, in 3rd and mistake 4 out, one pace, 3rd of 6, 31l behind Flying Squad (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-100) (5yo+) (5) sft in Mar.
Venture To War (IRE) 3-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, pushed along after 5th, weakened before 6th, tailed off, pulled before 3 out, in a race won by Lord Of Drums (11-9) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs, 8 ran.
Richo 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, ridden after 5 out, never on terms, 6th of 12, 37l behind Sleep In First (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
The Black Lion (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up, not fluent 3rd, well beaten after 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Kayfton Pete (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Ladies Selling Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Mad Professor (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, weakened over 5f out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind The Fox's Decree (10-11) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.