Clondaw Westie was engaged yesterday at Leicester. Senior Citizen made a promising start over fences at Doncaster and has been left on the same mark. Rizzardo was a very easy winner at Huntingdon but generally had the run of the race and is unlikely to be given the same leeway by these. POOKIE PEKAN was in good form in the autumn and travels down from the Borders after a short break. His experience should ensure he handles this sharp track and tricky fences. Commis D'Office has gone backwards since second at Chepstow a year ago.
Senior Citizen 12-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, good headway on inside 12th, 3rd travelling well 4 out, 2nd 3 out, stayed on same pace no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind The Big Bite (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 5f (4) sft in Jan.
Pookie Pekan (IRE) 7-4fav (11-13) Tracked leader, joined leader 4 out, led next, ridden and ran on, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov beating Henry's Joy (11-12) by 8l, 7 ran.
Its'afreebee (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Held up, went 3rd at 9th, ridden 4 out, plugged on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 6, 27 1/2l behind Encore Champs (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Commis D'Office (FR) 15-8fav (11-0) Led until 8th, led after 3 out, soon headed and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, at Kelso 2m 1f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Rizzardo 5-1 (12-7) Led, headed briefly from 3 out, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Feb beating Lots Of Luck (11-8) by 16l, 6 ran.
Clondaw Westie (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Chased leading pair until 6th, chased leaders, pushed along before 8th, weakened next, tailed off in 6th when blundered badly last and unseated rider, at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Jan.