A couple of these carry penalties but Scorpion Sid made a winning start over hurdles with victory over 2m4f at Chepstow, though OXWICH BAY may prove better suited to today’s shorter trip. The latter also won over 2m4f when successful here but went close over 2m on several occasions before and handles heavy going. The remainder have yet to threaten but Midnight Trouble could go well on his hurdling bow having finished a well-beaten fourth in a bumper at Warwick on his racecourse debut.
Oxwich Bay (IRE) 10-3 (10-3) Raced keenly, chased leaders, fell 7th, at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (1) sft in Jan.
Scorpion Sid (IRE) 11-8fav (11-2) Tracked leader, led 4th, clear 3 out, kept on strongly, easily, won at Chepstow 2m 3f (4) hvy in Jan beating Snuff Box (11-2) by 15l, 8 ran.
Big Fred (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Towards rear, not fluent 3rd, some headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 33 1/4l behind Billingsley (11-3) at Chepstow 2m (4) hvy in Feb.
Court Duty (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, weakened 3f out, last of 8, 36 1/4l behind Good Boy Bobby (11-7) at Chepstow 2m (5) hvy in Jan.
Midnight Trouble 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on outside, not clear run 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 16 1/2l behind Thebannerkingrebel (11-5) at Warwick 2m (5) sft in Jan.
Turbotim (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Mid-division, not fluent 1st, tailed off 11th after 3 out, 9th of 12, dist behind Molineaux (11-2) at Wincanton 1m 7f (3) hvy in Feb.