MINELLA EXAMINER was in command once hitting the front here earlier this month. He’s been raised 9lb but still has only one below him in the weights today so a follow-up may be on the cards. From The Heart, lurking at the foot of the handicap, is also interesting and Flying Verse could figure if ready after a break. A strong gallop would suit Garrane and Big Nasty showed improved form following wind surgery at Uttoxeter but Bako De La Saulaie is probably best watched. Midnight Moss was second on his chasing bow at Huntingdon and is lightly raced for his age.
Bako De La Saulaie (FR) 12-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along after 10th, weakened 14th, behind and pulled up before 4 out, at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Big Nasty 4-1 (11-12) Disputed lead, left with definate advantage 4 out, joined again next, ridden after 2 out, headed narrowly last, rallied flat, held near finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Fortescue (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Florrie Knox (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, lost a few places after 6th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 9, 21 1/4l behind Prairie Town (11-4) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Garrane (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Well in touch, chased leaders on inside approaching 10th, weakened before 16th, 7th of 11, dist behind Christmas In April (11-2) at Plumpton 3m 4f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Sizing At Midnight (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up on inside, closed 4th, mistake and lost place 12th, weakened after next, 4th of 6, 30l behind Espoir De Teillee (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 4f (3) sft in Dec.
Flying Verse 9-2jfav (10-13) Mid-division, headway 14th, close up 4 out, not fluent 3 out, edged left after 2 out, one pace in 3rd flat, 3rd of 12, 7 1/2l behind Terry The Fish (11-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Midnight Moss 4-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 5 out, soon chased leaders, chased winner from last, kept on and always held, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Loud As Lions (11-0) at Huntingdon 3m hcp (4) gs in Feb.
Volt Face (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Held up in 6th place, dropped to rear 6th, tailed off when blundered 12th, 7th of 9, dist behind Mercy Mercy Me (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Brigade of Guards (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Led until after 2nd, led after next, headed 5th, not fluent next, weakened before last, 3rd of 7, dist behind Calle Malva (10-7) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn (4) hvy in Dec.
Seemingly So (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, kept on from after 2 out, 3rd of 9, 13 3/4l behind Blue Hussar (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Minella Examiner 15-2 (11-7) Prominent, led 4th, headed 6th, led 8th, clear 3 out, eased towards finish, won at Doncaster 3m hcp (4) gs in Feb beating Imperial Nemesis (11-9) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
From The Heart (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Towards rear, headway after 13th, mistake 16th, went 3rd flat, no impression on winner, 3rd of 9, 8l behind High Counsel (10-3) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp (4) sft in Jan.