There have been some odds-on shock defeats recently and it would be no surprise if Unbreak My Heart joined them. Richard Fahey's charge is a long way clear of these rivals on official ratings but is running so poorly that another defeat is staring at him. Ravi River is badly treated by the conditions of the race so MIDNIGHT STRIDER, a C&D winner a month ago before finding front-running against him on a return visit, gets the vote over Haveahaarth, who scored at Dundalk last month and ran quite well on his first start for Mick Quinlan at Kempton last time.
Ravi River (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 4th of 7, 13l behind Castle Myth (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Unbreak My Heart (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 6, 16l behind Follow The Flag (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Midnight Strider (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Led, headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 8l behind Mighty Clarets (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Haveahaarth (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, prominent, soon restrained into rear, headway over 2f out, chased winner 1f out, no impression, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Tewin Wood (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.