The presence of Il Presidente is of obvious interest and the market should be checked extremely carefully for any signs of support for the German raider from the Andreas Wohler yard. However, RUGGED JACK sets a very decent standard here on the evidence of a smooth, eased-down success on his Uttoxeter debut. Ed Glassonbury takes his place in the plate once again and the combination are taken to make light of the penalty for that Midlands success. Unex Degas looks a lively threat though in receipt of plenty of weight in these testing conditions after showing up nicely behind Cool George on his West country bumper debut. Connections reach for blinkers today and a good account from the High Chaparral gelding is expected. Shining Embers looks the most interesting of the others and should be checked in the market.
Rugged Jack (FR) 3-1fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead when saddle slipped over 2f out, rider lost irons, clear inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec beating Royal Commission (11-4) by 2l, 14 ran.
Il Presidente (GER) Royal Dragon horse out of Independent Miss.
Lord Aldervale (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Always in rear, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Cheltenian (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Megastyle Kayf Tara gelding out of Shoptillyoudrop.
Shining Embers (IRE) High-rise gelding out of Ballykea.
Putiacca Bella (FR) 25-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, saddle slipped after 4f, soon pulled up, in a race won by My Miss Lucy (10-11) at Hereford 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) sft, 12 ran.
Riviere Ruby King O' The Mana mare out of Madonna Da Rossi.
If And When Where Or When gelding out of Pardon Moi.
Knocknareen Boy (IRE) Winged Love gelding out of Princess Roxanne.
Pow R Jack Diktat gelding out of How Do I Know.
Unex Degas (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, chased winner inside final 4f, ridden and no impresion when weakened to 3rd entering final furlong, 3rd of 16, 16l behind Cool George (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) sft.