Bob's World looked a very bright prospect last spring and though he's been disappointing he'll appreciate dropping down in grade. Sam Lord scored at Newcastle a month ago but ran a shocker when attempting a double at Sedgefield three weeks later. Twoways was facing heavy ground for the first time in his career at Towcester and showed how much it suited with a battling success. He's up 6lb but it will be a surprise if he doesn't get competitive. The Weatherman fell at the third in that latter event but it's a long time since he showed any worthwhile form. NEXT HIGHT had shown the occasional glimmer of form after arriving from Germany and justified some strong support with a convincing victory on heavy going at Sedgefield. He's shot up 11lb in the ratings but his rider's claim will help and a double looks on the cards.
Bob's World 7-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, struggling after 5th, modest 5th 3 out, soon well beaten, 6th of 8, well behind Madness Light (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Sam Lord 7-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, weakened after 5th, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Markem (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Twoways (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) In rear, headway to go 5th before 2 out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating It's A Doddle (11-5) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Hallmark Star 8-1 (11-5) Always in rear, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Catcher Star (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
The Weatherman (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Led, headed after 2nd, fell 3rd, in a race won by Twoways (10-10) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.
Next Hight (IRE) 15-8fav (11-6) Chased leaders, led approaching 2 out, soon clear, ran on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan beating Rose Red (11-3) by 16l, 9 ran.