Taunton winner SPEEDY DIRECTA was travelling like a winner when blundering and unseating his rider at Towcester last Thursday. It's no surprise to see him turned out again quickly here and compensation awaits if he puts in a clear round as most of the opposition struggle to get their head in front. Jerry Lee did win at Fontwell earlier this month but that was an extremely moderate contest, while Citrus Mark returns from a break. Exeter runner-up Fashion Week may be the pick of the remainder as Is It Me is beginning to look a light of former days.
Citrus Mark 9-2 (11-12) In touch, headway 7th, soon chased winner, ridden 3 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 16l behind Tribal Dance (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Is It Me (USA) 8-1 (10-0) Tracked winner until 5th, weakened after next, 9th of 14, 17l behind Tayarat (9-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Feb.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Chased leadrs, led approaching 4th, ridden and headed approaching 3 out, weakened quickly soon after, poor 5th when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Spirit D'armor (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (4yo+) (4) sft in Jan, 8 ran.
Speedy Directa (GER) 6-4fav (11-3) Held up, smooth headway approaching 6th, tracked leader and going well when fell 4 out, in a race won by Zouti (10-13) at Towcester 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs, 10 ran.
Stafford Charlie 33-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway when hit 7th, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Royal Chatelier (11-10) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Feb '11, 12 ran.
Fashion Week 15-2 (10-12) Held up, not fluent 2nd, headway 4th, went 2nd when not fluent 2 out, edged left before last, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Black Cache (11-6) at Exeter 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Manics Man 40-1 (11-1) Towards rear, never involved, tailed off before 3 out, 10th of 13, well behind Clever Dick (11-11) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Bathwick Junior 12-1 (11-2) Chased clear leader, closed 4th, led 6th until 3 out, weakened before next, 9th of 13, 29l behind Clever Dick (11-11) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Jerry Lee (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) In touch, headway to 3rd well before 2 out, went well held 2nd after 2 out, no chance with winner when left in clear lead last, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Coda Agency (11-0) by 25l, 6 ran.
Fletch And Lenny (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, mistake 4th, never dangerous, 3rd of 13, 34l behind Midnight Spirit (10-13) at Towcester 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Bret Maverick (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, tailed off halfway, 12th of 14, well behind Royal Entourage (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Feb.
Carys's Lad 9-2 (10-5) Held up, mistake 4th, headway 7th, outpaced after next, rallied 2 out, soon edged right and no impression, stayed on again flat, 5th of 10, 7l behind The Wee Midget (11-9) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.