Market Rasen winner OLD PALS ACT couldn't justify favouritism at Southwell next time but wasn't beaten far and blinkers could sharpen him up a little here. He gets the nod to recoup losses as there are question marks surrounding most of his rivals. Nikos Extra looks a light of former days and Olympian Boy looks very one-paced nowadays. Citrus Mark and Civil Unrest are both returning from a break and probably best watched. Faustina Pius was second on her chasing bow but is facing more experienced chasers here while this looks too sharp for Got Attitude.
Citrus Mark 3-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, closed 4 out, switched right after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, every chance flat, no extra close home, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Spock (10-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.
Nikos Extra (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway into 4th after 3 out, weakened approaching next, 6th of 8, 26l behind Hero De Villeneuve (11-8) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Old Pals Act (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 9th, went 2nd 2 out, weakened after last, 5th of 11, 5l behind Sail And Return (11-8) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf.
Olympian Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Behind, headway 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 28l behind Venetian Lad (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Civil Unrest (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, lost 2nd before 4 out, regained 2nd 3 out, well held in 2nd when left in lead last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Alpha One (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Fiftyonefiftyone (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Behind, struggling 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Alwaystheoptimist (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May, 8 ran.
Got Attitude (IRE) 15-2 (10-11) Jumped left, took keen hold, chased winner, blundered 3rd, lost 2nd 5th, chased leaders, awkward 6th, weakened 12th, tailed off when blundred 4 out, immediately pulled up, in a race won by Danandy (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May, 7 ran.
Faustina Pius (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Close up, chased leader 8th, led next, ridden 2 out, headed flat, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Sudski Star (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.