Bay Central failed to take advantage of a favourable rating over hurdles at Newton Abbot, and with the form of his recent course and distance victory taking a knock in the interim, it could be worth looking elsewhere. CITRUS MARK has caught the eye in the past and while Paul Webber's eight-year-old is unlikely to secure an uncontested lead, we know he stays further and he can make stamina count in what is likely to be a true run affair. Uncle Pelder was behind our selection when they met at Market Rasen and he gets a chance to reverse the form with a 2lb pull at the weights. Sporting Boy appears at his best with some cut in the ground while Bennys Quest and Fintan are exposed.
Sporting Boy (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent, led before 4th, ridden after 11th, headed 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 6, 24l behind Forever My Friend (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Fintan 22-1 (11-6) Took keen hold, led 1st until after 2nd, in touch, lost place after 11th, weakening when mistake 4 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Forever My Friend (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Bay Central (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) Led, headed after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, ridden and no impression when lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 8, 5l behind Sarenice (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Citrus Mark 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, led next, driven after 2 out, headed flat, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Mister Wiseman (10-2) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf.
Bennys Quest (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, went 2nd after 4 out, no impression on winner from last, no extra and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Bay Central (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Uncle Pelder (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) Mid-division, headway 6th, not fluent and ridden 3 out, every chance when not fluent next, edged left and stayed on same pace after last, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Mister Wiseman (10-2) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf.