Muhtenbar can get the better of Glory Be and Ballyjohnboy Lord in what appears to be a three-horse contest on paper. Muhtenbar was pulled up in a decent contest at Kempton on Boxing day, but prior to that, Henrietta Knight's charge had run well in defeat at both Huntingdon and here at Ludlow, on that occasion going down by just a head. If forgiven the Kempton run, he must take all the beating. Glory Be has not impressed on either of her last two visits to the Shropshire track, and although she gets the mare's allowance, cannot be fancied above the selection. The money was left in the bookies' satchels when Ballyjohnboy Lord was hammered out of sight by High Chimes at Chepstow 12 days ago, and he would probably not have been second had another rival stayed upright. However, that was his first outing since last May, and he can only improve for the run. The other pair here make no appeal, and really, this does present Muhtenbar with a gilt-edged opportunity.
Ballyalbany (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Not jump well, weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up at the last in race won by All Star (11-5) at Ascot 2m 1f beg chs (2) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Ballyjohnboy Lord (IRE) 15-8jt-fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, chased winner 12th, ridden and lost place 14th, left poor 2nd 3 out, 2nd of 4, well behind High Chimes (11-4) at Chepstow 3m beg chs (4) hvy.
Muhtenbar 8-1 (11-2) Led to 8th, chased winner to 4 out, weakened before 3 out, beaten when pulled up 3 out in race won by Oedipe (10-2) at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec, 11 ran.
Nebraska City 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, led 5th, headed after 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 19, 35l behind Nike Walker (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) sft in Feb.
Tyup Pompey (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Led, headed approaching 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 25l behind Rehearsal (11-4) at Ludlow 2m beg chs (4) gd in Jan.
Glory Be 9-2 (11-0) In touch, mistake 6th, tracked leader from 10th, ridden 4 out, weakened next, 4th of 7, 24l behind Petite Margot (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 4f mrs nov chs (4) gs.