SNAPPING TURTLE (NAP) finished a long way ahead of Onwiththeparty and recent Wetherby winner Houndscourt when awarded a race at Catterick in December. Successful over track and trip off an 8lb higher mark in 2015, Donald Whillans’ 12-year-old stays all day and lies plenty of give in the ground so should take all the beating today having only found one too good last time at Kelso. Joseph Mercer should get a lot closer to Houndscourt today on 9lb better terms but is probably better treated over fences at present. The Model County finished second at Towcester in December but has reverted to type since.
Sue Oscar (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, mistake 8th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, 35 1/4l behind Wicked Willy (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Eager To Know (IRE) 200-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, well behind before 4 out, 5th of 11, dist behind Catchamat (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 6f (4) sft in Jan.
Onwiththeparty 3-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, led before 5 out, headed 3 out, soon outpaced, 4th of 12, at Catterick 3m 1f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Simply Blessed (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) In rear, pushed along and reminders before 6 out, never dangerous, last of 7, dist behind Ballymalin (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 6f (4) sft in Dec.
Dance And Romance 12-1 (11-2) Held up, ridden and weakened 3 out, 10th of 12, dist behind Robben (10-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Dec.
Houndscourt (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) Made all, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Wetherby 3m hcp (5) gs in Jan beating Total Assets (12-0) by 6l, 11 ran.
Joseph Mercer (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, chased leaders before 3 out, went 3rd from last, kept on, 3rd of 11, 8 3/4l behind Houndscourt (10-2) at Wetherby 3m hcp (5) gs in Jan.
Notonebuttwo (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Prominent, one pace before 2 out, 5th of 9, 32 3/4l behind Bescot Springs (11-11) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp (5) hvy in Jan.
Blue Cove 22-1 (10-0) Mid-division on inside, pushed along after 7th, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 12, dist behind Grand Enterprise (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp (5) gd in Jan.
Snapping Turtle (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Led, blundered and headed 5 out, led 4 out, headed after last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Bescot Springs (11-11) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp (5) hvy in Jan.
Agent Louise 22-1 (11-3) Held up, in last pair, headway under pressure on outer 3 out, one pace in 4th when lost action and pulled up before next, at Catterick 3m 1f hcp (5) gs in Jan.
The Model County (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Led until 1st, prominent, ridden 8th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 17, 32 1/4l behind Pink Gin (11-10) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp (5) sft in Jan.