Royal Tara creeps further up the weights having placed yet again when going close at Chepstow and today’s testing going may not suit. Socksy is preferred on this surface having just missed out over 3m at Wetherby in December but this longer trip may prove a problem and BOB FORD makes most appeal. He’ll copes well with both the marathon trip and ground and showed the benefit of a recent wind operation when runner-up at Uttoxeter last month. Greyed A disappointed at Catterick recently but Pearl Swan is back on a winning mark while Ballymalin and Knockanrawley are still looking to exploit a slide down the weights.
Pearl Swan (FR) 9-1 (11-9) Slightly hampered 1st, held up, headway chasing leaders approaching 7th, outpaced before 15th, rallied and went modest 3rd after 3 out, no chance with 1st 2, 3rd of 8, 23 1/4l behind The Two Amigos (11-12) at Plumpton 3m 4f hcp (3) gs in Jan.
The Winkler (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 4 out, weakened next, left remote 3rd last, 3rd of 7, dist behind Value At Risk (12-1) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Socksy (IRE) 7-2 (12-6) Held up, mistake 3rd, headway 5 out, soon chasing leaders, led approaching 2 out, strongly challenged from last and throughout flat, headed and no extra last strides, 2nd of 7, hd behind Pretty Miss Mahler (10-11) at Wetherby 3m hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Le Reve (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Always in rear, pushed along and struggling going out on final circuit, tailed off and pulled up before 14th, at Sandown 3m hcp (2) sft in Feb.
Ballymalin (IRE) 17-2 (10-9) In touch, lost place 5th, outpaced 5 out, rallied 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 34l behind Chef D'Oeuvre (10-4) at Haydock 3m 3f hcp (2) sft in Dec.
Knockanrawley (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Led to 2nd, remained prominent, hit 4th, blundered and lost place 14th, pulled up before next, at Sandown 3m hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Bob Ford (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Led, headed after 4 out, ridden after next, one pace when rider dropped whip after 2 out, no impression before last, 2nd of 6, 3 3/4l behind Cave Top (12-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Greyed A (IRE) 11-4 (10-8) Chased leader until 5th, chased leading pair until 10th, went 2nd after 16th until jumped slowly next, chased leaders, hit 18th, weakened next, 4th of 6, dist behind Sharp Response (11-12) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp (3) gd in Jan.
Kilcullen Flem (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Held up mainly in 4th, not fluent 11th, reminders after 14th, ridden 4 out, soon well beaten, 4th of 7, 21 1/2l behind Nakadam (10-9) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Royal Tara (IRE) 13-2 (11-11) Led until 10th, led 13th, 2 lengths clear flat, headed towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Church Hall (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) gs in Jan.
Court Frontier (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Behind, tailed off 14th, kept on run-in, 5th of 11, 24l behind Achille (10-11) at Exeter 3m hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Weststreet (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, some headway before 14th, weakened next, 8th of 12, 24 1/2l behind Ange Des Malberaux (11-9) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp (4) gs in Jan.
Big Meadow (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, weakened before 15th, 5th of 8, dist behind The Two Amigos (11-12) at Plumpton 3m 4f hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Frankly Speaking 16-1 (10-3) Mistakes 4th and 6th, held up and always behind, tailed off, 8th of 10, dist behind Carole's Destrier (11-12) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Lac Sacre (FR) 16-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, steady headway before 13th, chased leaders next, left in 3rd place at 16th, driven before next, weakened and lost modest 3rd after 3 out, 4th of 8, 36 1/4l behind The Two Amigos (11-12) at Plumpton 3m 4f hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Cap Horner (FR) 7-1 (11-7) In touch, headway chasing leaders 7th, mistakes 8th and 14th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, dist behind Midnight Bliss (11-3) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (4) gs in Jan.
Black Narcissus (IRE) 28-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, no impression, 9th of 16, 15 1/4l behind Urbanist (11-12) at Exeter 3m hcp (5) gs in Jan.