Endeavor is in cracking form and won for the third time in four starts at Huntingdon nine days ago. Emma Sayer gets off him here to ride stablemate Front Rank however and, like recent C&D winner ALBA KING, he has a penalty to carry. Sue Smith's six-year-old probably has more scope and can follow up today with Jonathan England good value for his 10lb claim This may be on the sharp side for Amir Pasha, though he was second to Dr Flynn over C&D earlier this month and still makes more appeal than the out-of-form City Ground.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 9-2 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, staying on same and well held pace when carried slightly right flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Dr Flynn (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
City Ground (USA) 20-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, ridden after 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 43l behind Cavite Eta (10-13) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Endeavor 5-1 (10-8) Led in start, took keen hold, held up towards rear, good headway 4 out, chased leaders and hit 4 out, slightly hampered by loose horse and switched left to lead approaching last, joined flat, pulled out extra final 100 yards, won at Huntingdon 2m ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Gud Day (10-8) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Front Rank (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 3rd, led before 6th, headed 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 10th of 14, 41l behind Andy Vic (10-11) at Catterick 2m 3f ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Feb.
Alba King (IRE) 10-3 (9-7) Chased leaders until dropped to last pair after 3rd, headway next, went 3rd before 3 out, led after 3 out, in command when went left flat, driven out, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (4yo+) (4) gd beating True Blue (11-5) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.