A typically-competitive renewal which sees Boldmere attempt to confirm Market Rasen running with Garrettstown, Muratello and Senior Citizen. It would be no surprise to see the latter come out best of that quartet on today’s terms. Muratello’s trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, also has top weight One For Rosie, who was a ready winner at Warwick last month and Nicky Henderson is another trainer who is double-handed. Before Midnight beat Smackwater Jack at Taunton but the runner-up was beaten just over a length and is now 5lb better off. Mill Green stayed on behind stable companion Pistol Whipped at Fakenham and probably needed the run. On The Slopes finished fourth that day but SOUTHERN SAM was second and is better off at the weights with Ned Curtis’ mount. Only five, Oliver Sherwood’s charge ran well against a subsequent Grade 2 winner at Uttoxeter on his hurdling debut and also has form on soft going so ticks plenty of boxes. Third Wind will also handle the ground and shouldn’t be left out of calculations.
One For Rosie 7-4fav (11-8) Tracked leaders on inside, smooth headway before 2 out, led 2 out, came clear run-in, won at Warwick 2m 3f (4) gd in Feb beating Falco Blitz (11-2) by 5l, 10 ran.
Muratello (FR) 9-4 (11-8) Tracked winner 3rd, pushed along before 2 out, every chance last, ridden and well held run-in, weakened into 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 3 1/4l behind Boldmere (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f (3) gs in Feb.
Russian Hawk 7-2 (11-5) Chased leading pair, hit 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, 2 lengths down when mistake last, ridden and strong challenge near finish, just failed, 2nd of 6, shd behind Dashel Drasher (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f (2) gs in Feb.
Mill Green 12-1 (11-12) Held up, mistake 2nd and 4 out, closed when not fluent 3 out, 3rd after 2 out, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Pistol Whipped (11-2) at Fakenham 2m 4f (3) gs in Feb.
Third Wind 1-2fav (11-10) Held up in last trio, headway tracking leaders 5th, 3rd before next, 2nd 4 out, led going before 2 out, 1 length ahead last, stayed on well run-in, won at Taunton 2m 3f (4) sft in Feb beating My Way (11-4) by 2l, 9 ran.
Garrettstown (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Held up in last trio, steady headway after 5th, tracked leaders 3 out, 3rd next, went 2nd final 100 yards, never able to challenge, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Boldmere (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f (3) gs in Feb.
Admiral Barratry (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, under pressure after 4 out, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 21 3/4l behind Lisnagar Oscar (10-12) at Haydock 3m (1) gd in Feb.
Champagne Well (IRE) 1-2fav (11-4) Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd 3 out, led before next, joined and edged left run-in, driven to hold on, all out, won at Ludlow 3m mdn (4) gd in Feb beating Redzor (11-4) by hd, 14 ran.
On The Slopes 7-2 (11-8) Chased leaders on outside, 2nd briefly 3 out, 4th and no extra approaching last, 4th of 8, 12 3/4l behind Pistol Whipped (11-2) at Fakenham 2m 4f (3) gs in Feb.
Smackwater Jack (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, hard driven to challenge after 2 out, stayed on into 2nd after last, never reached winner, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Before Midnight (11-2) at Taunton 2m 3f (4) gs in Jan.
Trixster (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Pulled hard, chased leader, led after 3 out, joined 2 out, soon headed, closed on idling winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Worthy Farm (11-10) at Ascot 3m hcp (3) gs in Feb.
Senior Citizen 13-2 (11-8) Tracked leader after 1st until 3rd, chased leading pair, edged right and unable to quicken approaching 2 out, kept on in closing stages, 4th of 8, 4l behind Boldmere (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f (3) gs in Feb.
Before Midnight 4-9fav (11-2) Always prominent, switched left to challenge after 3 out, led approaching 2 out, challenged last, hard ridden, all out, won at Taunton 2m 3f (4) gs in Jan beating Smackwater Jack (11-8) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Boldmere 14-1 (11-2) Made all, pressed when hit 2 out, joined last, ridden and stayed on strongly run-in, unchallenged, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f (3) gs in Feb beating Garrettstown (11-8) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Skandiburg (FR) Evensfav (11-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure flat, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Trixster (11-10) at Kelso 2m 7f (4) gd in Jan.
Golden Whisky (IRE) 7-1 (12-2) Held up, headway after 4 out, chased leaders next, every chance 2 out, led approaching last, hung left closing stages, held on well, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Jan beating Gone Platinum (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Southern Sam 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, ridden and hung left before last, unable to challenge, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Pistol Whipped (11-2) at Fakenham 2m 4f (3) gs in Feb.
Diomede Des Mottes (FR) 7-4fav (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden and outpaced in 3rd before 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 14, 14 1/4l behind Morning Vicar (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn (4) gs in Feb.