BALLINSLEA BRIDGE finally got his head in front at Market Rasen last month. He will have no problem here with the extra furlong and Fergus Gregory’s claim takes care of his penalty so he can hold off Sedgefield runner-up Henry’s Joy, who has the beating of another recent Sedgefield second – Le Drapeau – on collateral form. Point-to-point and bumper winner Truckers Lodge is almost certainly better than he showed when favourite at Wetherby on his hurdles bow and Secret Legacy, alongside the eventual winner when falling at the last at Leicester, also adds to the interest.
Ballinslea Bridge (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, disputing lead before 2 out, definite advantage from last, edged left and clear flat, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f (4) sft in Jan beating Absolutely Dylan (11-5) by 6l, 12 ran.
Henry's Joy (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Tracked leaders, every chance before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Quick Pick (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f (4) sft in Jan.
Le Drapeau (FR) 13-2 (11-6) Tracked winner, ridden after last, kept on and always held, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Camron De Chaillac (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Secret Legacy (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, ridden and hard pressed when fell last, at Leicester 2m 4f (4) hvy in Jan.
Truckers Lodge (IRE) 15-8fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, in 3rd before 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 19 1/2l behind Noble Robin (11-13) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) sft in Jan.
Carta Blanca (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Keen in mid-division, lost place and towards rear after halfway, never on terms after, 11th of 14, 36 3/4l behind Archibelle (8-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Hills Of Connemara (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Led, headed over 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 5th of 13, 8 1/4l behind Bournville (10-4) at Newcastle 2m (5) pol in Feb.