LINDSEYFIELD LODGE is the call with Pistol Basc and Nothingbutthetruth as the dangers. The handicapper has finally dropped the nine-year-old down to his lowest mark for some time having been keen to hold him at a mark of 89 for a while. The combination of a 4lb lower start and fast ground are likeable in the context of a modest race. Pistol Basc was well fancied last time out before flopping. The ability to act on this surface is an imponderable. Nothingbutthetruth ran second at this meeting last season and with Tim Pitt among the winners of late, he is very much entering the fray. Toulouse Express is a credit to his connections and will be sure to run his race. On the negative, he does seem to run better when carrying lighter weights against better opposition rather than the other way around. Ice Image steps up in trip having campaigned over shorter in the past. Pat Morris is better known for his flat runners though as he is proven on fast ground, Reasonably Sure, is noteworthy off a very light weight indeed. Lindseyfield Lodge is far from bombproof as selections go, but at the weights, he has to be given more than just a glimmer of hope.
Toulouse Express (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Led from 3rd, made rest, ridden after last, held on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-105) (5yo+) (4) gf beating General Hardi (11-1) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Nifty Roy 40-1 (10-0) Always behind, tailed off from 2 out, last of 10, well behind Currahee (11-3) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in May.
Nothingbutthetruth (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, reminders after 4th, headway approaching 4 out, ridden to chase leaders approaching next, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 10, 20l behind Diavoleria (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Mar.
Pistol Basc (FR) 3-1fav (10-2) Mid-divsion, hit 5 out, ridden to chase leaders before next, stayed on same pace, no impression, 5th of 8, 16l behind Killard Point (11-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Ice Image (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) In touch main group, went 3rd 6th, mistake 8th, lost place 2 out, no extra from last, 5th of 12, 10l behind Bob's Dream (11-9) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Lindseyfield Lodge (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Led narrowly and clear with rival, headed 7th, driven 3 out, lost place before last, weakened flat, 8th of 12, 40l behind Bob's Dream (11-9) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Arctic Rock 28-1 (10-4) Always behind, tailed off, 9th of 12, 38l behind Teerie Express (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Reasonably Sure (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Prominent, reminders after 8th, lost place 10th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Gemini Storm (11-5) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft in Mar, 7 ran.
Ginger's Lad 50-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 8th, reminders after next, outpaced when mistake 5 out, weakened next, last of 8, 47l behind King Fontaine (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Crofton Arch 66-1 (10-0) Led, headed 5th, led again 8th, headed next, chased winner until ridden 4 out, gradually weakened, 4th of 10, 36l behind Something Silver (10-10) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.