Josies Orders came good over today's trip at Aintree in October and should figure again despite a 7lb rise. He's preferred to Ballyben who has been beaten in handicaps either side of landing a maiden hurdle at Hexham. KODICIL has taken to hurdling and found only Ivan Boru too good at Sedgefield last time when finishing a distance clear of the rest. Tim Walford's charge can open his account in this as Carmela Maria's earlier win came in lesser company at Southwell and she's 7lb higher today.
Going Wrong 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leader until 6th, lost place 9th, weakened next, 5th of 7, 29l behind Free To Dream (11-8) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Josies Orders (IRE) 7-2fav (10-13) Held up in rear, headway approaching 8th, ridden after 4 out, outpaced before next, rallied and switched left before last, led flat, stayed on, won at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct beating Sin Bin (11-9) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Ballyben (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Chased leaders in 4th, in 3rd and one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Big Casino (11-1) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Joseph Mercer (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Held up rear division, pushed along after 4 out, headway before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 15l behind Flicka Williams (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Kodicil (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, headed next, rallied after last, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Ivan Boru (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Basford Bob (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, soon in touch, not fluent 1st, mistake 6th, blundered and weakened next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Red Admirable (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 14 ran.
Rattlin 2-1fav (11-12) Tracked leader, mistake 4th, lost 2nd next, pushed along 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 6, 31l behind Monbeg (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Caerlaverock (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) In touch, lost place after 3rd, soon behind, pulled up before last, in a race won by Waltz Darling (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Carmela Maria 11-2 (10-3) Jumped right, led and soon clear, headed before 9th, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Piper Hill (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.