Not much to go on in this low-grade handicap but QUAYSIDE COURT was alongside eventual third Malin Head when falling at Wincanton last month and is fractionally better off at the weights now. He could be the value today as Might As Well was only seventh in that race and looks held and, while this is the weakest race that Black Phantom has so far contested over fences, the winning hurdler has yet to show even a flicker of ability over the larger obstacles and was pulled up when Roybuoy finished fourth at Exeter last month. Strawhall Maul has place claims again and is preferred to veteran Marked Man and maiden Thirtytwo Red of the others.
Black Phantom (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Always in rear, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Royale's Charter (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Roybuoy 9-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway 11th, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, went 4th 3 out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 4th of 9, 20l behind Knapp Bridge Boy (10-8) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Might As Well 7-2fav (11-1) Chased leaders on inside, blundered 5th, pushed along after 12th, mistake and lost place 16th, blundered badly next, not recover, virtually pulled up, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Guydus (10-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Marked Man (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Royale Knight (11-4) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Oct, 16 ran.
Strawhall Maul (IRE) 5-4fav (9-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened next, modest 3rd, 3rd of 4, 38l behind Benny The Swinger (9-11) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Malin Head (IRE) 7-2fav (10-5) Raced keenly, led, headed 5th, dropped to 3rd next, left close 2nd 13th (water), not fluent 4 out, lost 3nd next, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Guydus (10-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Thirtytwo Red (IRE) 11-2 (10-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 12th, lost place before 14th, tailed off, 6th of 8, 29l behind Dunkelly Castle (11-4) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.
Quayside Court (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Chased leader, led 5th, fell 13th (water), in a race won by Guydus (10-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct, 9 ran.