Ballytober certainly boasts the best form in the book despite a Newbury fall last time and may well get back to winning ways in this easier grade. He has stamina in abundance but it might be worth rowing in with SEEBRIGHT as a strong alternative at the likely prices. The Dartnall charge also came to grief last time but had created a really good impression when landing two previous successes. He also looks to have considerable scope for further improvement. Bob Ford finished behind the selection when the pair met at Chepstow in January over 2m1f and should get closer this time over the longer trip despite being worse off at the weights.
Ballytober 12-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, not fluent 2nd or when closing 7th, ridden 3 out, disputing 4 lengths 3rd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Buck Magic (11-8) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs, 12 ran.
Bob Ford (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Not always fluent, led after 1st, hit 7th, clear 3 out, stayed on, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan beating Water Wagtail (11-6) by 6l, 9 ran.
Cock Of The Rock (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Disputed lead, blundered 4th, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Virginia Ash (11-3) at Chepstow 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb, 12 ran.
Seebright 10-11fav (11-2) Chased leading pair, disputing moderate 2nd when fell 7th, in a race won by Uncle Jimmy (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb, 10 ran.
Abruzzi 7-2 (10-13) Tracked leader, joined leader 7th, ridden before 2 out, soon one pace, 3rd of 10, 13l behind De Blacksmith (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft in Jan.
Awbeg Massini (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Led, ridden and edged right approaching last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Fourovakind (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.