Field Exhibition beat two rivals in a higher grade at Musselburgh last month but that was over 3m and this may not play to his strengths. The Kings Baby also needs further but Midnight Midge won over 2m at Wincanton on Boxing Day and makes more appeal than Mere Anarchy and the four-year-old Karakoram. SMARTY WILD was a 20/1 chance when successful at Ludlow but beat a previous winner and, with probably more to come, can make a winning start in handicaps.
Smarty Wild 20-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway from 4 out, closed 3 out, switched left before last, led flat, stayed on well, won at Ludlow 2m (4) gs in Feb beating Chambard (11-9) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Field Exhibition (IRE) 10-11fav (11-7) Prominent, led 3rd, drew clear after last, easily, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp (3) gd in Feb beating Sarvi (10-0) by 11l, 3 ran.
The Kings Baby (IRE) 18-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, driven and every chance flat, stayed on, just held, 8th of 9, 16 3/4l behind Dinos Benefit (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Feb.
Mere Anarchy (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Went 2nd after 2f, led 9f out until 2f out, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 6 3/4l behind Le Torrent (9-11) at Kempton 2m hcp (5) pol in Feb.
Midnight Midge 4-1jfav (11-9) Close up, hampered 1st, led 5 out, headed before 2 out, weakened run-in, 6th of 15, 14 1/4l behind Texan Nomad (11-0) at Wincanton 1m 7f hcp (4) gd in Jan.
Karakoram 9-1 (10-7) Held up on inside, headway to chase leaders 3 out, stayed on into 3rd after last, never a threat, 3rd of 9, 8 1/2l behind Alrightjack (11-2) at Lingfield 2m mdn (4) sft in Feb.