BACK BOB BACK looks worth backing. A former point-to-pointer winner, Tom George's charge ran a blinder here last month. Bled won well here last time and his official rating of 110 means he commands respect, as does Definite Dawn with a couple of runs for fitness under his belt. Domoly and Hardwick Wood may be more handicapping types, so My Boy Paddy rates a bigger danger. He is another Irish point-to-point recruit and should have no problem with the testing ground or the step up in trip.
Bled (FR) 3-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, led 5th to next, led again briefly before 7th, with leader, led again 2 out, soon ridden, 6 lengths clear when not fluent last, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy beating Vivarini (11-2) by 17l, 8 ran.
Back Bob Back (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, headway when not fluent 6th, led approaching 3 out, headed and went left last, soon beaten, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Stolen Thunder (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
Definite Dawn (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, hard driven after 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 8, 10l behind Alpine Breeze (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Domoly (FR) 50-1 (10-5) Held up behind, pushed along and some headway approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 39l behind Code Blue (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Duke Of Ormond (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Always behind, not fluent 7th, driven and lost touch 8th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Cotswold Charmer (10-9) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Hardwick Wood 40-1 (10-12) Led, jumped slowly 2nd, headed 8th, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 46l behind Front Of House (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
My Boy Paddy (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged approaching 3 out, slight lead when jumped slowly last, headed and edged right, held after, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Kilcrea Kim (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
Northorsouth 200-1 (10-9) 9th of 14, well behind Presentandcorrect (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May '07.