Good to see better ground available at Town Moor and a tricky opener on an eight-race card. MCCABE CREEK is taken to build on an improved showing at Taunton last month when partnered by today's 10lb conditional rider, a run which puts him on a feasible mark once again. More lightly-raced than most of his rivals, he looks to be progressing with time and experience and a solid run is anticipated. Polarbrook is far more exposed than the selection but has gone close here in tight finishes on his last two starts and will certainly appreciate forecast conditions. Bells Of Ailsworth is interesting on return from an absence whilst Charlie Cook could enter calculations if building on a much better effort at Market Rasen for a yard that has a decent record here.
Smadynium (FR) 28-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 3 out, driven to chase leaders before next, went 2nd and ridden between last 2, kept on same pace, held flat, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Alizee De Janeiro (10-12) at Kelso 2m hcp (4) hvy in Dec.
Degooch (IRE) 7-4fav (11-6) Held up in last, closed from 4 out, went 2nd after 3 out until mistake 2 out, soon hanging left and beaten, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 5, 17 1/2l behind Bells 'n' Banjos (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
She's Late 66-1 (10-13) Mid-division, hampered and lost place 2nd, struggling 8th, well behind 11th, pulled up before 4 out, at Leicester 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
McCabe Creek (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway before 2 out, every chance last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Doctor Look Here (10-6) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Tekthelot (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway to join leader after 3rd, led 6th, mistake and headed 3 out, faded after next, 5th of 12, 15 1/2l behind Away For Slates (11-7) at Musselburgh 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Jan.
Desertmore Hill (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) With leader, led 3 out, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, one pace, 2nd of 7, 19l behind Le Prezien (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 1f (4) sft in Jan.
Swivel 3-1 (11-12) In touch, weakened from 3 out, last of 6, 20 1/4l behind Over The Air (11-8) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Sep.
Bells Of Ailsworth (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, led again last, stayed on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn (4) gs in Jul beating Only Gorgeous (11-0) by 2l, 10 ran.
Deputy Commander (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, hampered 6th, switched outside before next, not fluent 8th, went 2nd before 3 out, soon ridden, no chance with easy after, tailed off, 2nd of 5, dist behind Jonniesofa (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 6f (4) hvy in Dec.
Le Legro (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Led, hit 3 out, headed before next, soon no chance with front pair, kept on same pace in modest 3rd, tailed off, 3rd of 5, 35l behind Crimson Ark (10-10) at Market Rasen 2m 5f (4) gd in Oct.
Charlie Cook (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Mid-divsision, headway to chase leaders 3 out, hard ridden approaching last, stayed on close home, 3rd of 13, 6 1/4l behind Spice Fair (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Scoppio Del Carro 14-1 (11-2) Held up, never dangerous, 9th of 13, dist behind Spice Fair (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Polarbrook (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, challenged last, every chance run-in, just held near finish, 2nd of 14, hd behind Flemensmix (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Kind Of Easy (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Chased leader, every chance approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Another Mattie (11-12) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (4) hvy in Dec.
Roycano 7-1 (11-12) Held up in touch and keen, led before 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 13, 10l behind Almost Gemini (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
City Supreme (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Pressed winner, not fluent 7th, ridden after 3 out, soon beaten, lost 2nd before jumping left 2 out, weakened and mistake last, 5th of 8, dist behind Arquebusier (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Moscow Presents (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Towards rear, effort before 3 out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 24 1/4l behind Seamus Mor (11-0) at Wetherby 2m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Shalamzar (FR) 50-1 (11-11) Always behind, last of 13, dist behind Almost Gemini (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Jan.