There was plenty to like about MONBEG THEATRE's debut third under Rules at Ludlow. This slightly stiffer test should suit and he can make the most of the 7lb he receives from recent Market Rasen scorer Bandit Country. Winning pointers Call Me Vic and Call Me Emma have been off the track for a while but Trapper Peak had Driving Well behind when second at Towcester and should improve. Rascal is by Milan and looks the pick of the newcomers as Vinnie Red may need a longer trip in time.
Bandit Country (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders going well, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran green inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs beating Degooch (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
A Keen Sense (GER) 4-1 (10-7) Held up; eff 3 out; 3rd & wkng when pu last, in a race won by Thatchers Gold (11-7) at Albrighton 3m ptp hvy in Mar, 4 ran.
Call Me Vic (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Call Me Dara.
Driving Well (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 5f out, lost place 3f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 9, 37l behind So Oscar (11-0) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
I'm A Joker Erhaab gelding out of Yota.
Monbeg Theatre (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, every chance over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Sign Of A Victory (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Rascal (IRE) Milan gelding out of Montagues Lady.
Tanner Hill (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in 6th, pushed along 7f out, closed 5f out, outpaced final 3f, 5th of 7, 19l behind Ballybolley (11-0) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd.
Templebraden (IRE) Brian Boru gelding out of Baunfaun Run.
Too Much Too Soon (IRE) Craigsteel gelding out of Zara Rose.
Trapper Peak (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 4f out, chased leading pair 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 9, 6l behind So Oscar (11-0) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Vinnie Red (IRE) Vinnie Roe gelding out of Conzara.
Call Me Emma (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Mid div, prog to jn ldr 2out, sn ld, 1l clr at bypassed 2out, jnd last where hung left, lft clr last, eased run-in, won at Oldtown 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Garrenjames Mist (11-7) by 25l, 11 ran.