Barseventytwo should improve on his debut fourth at Sedgefield while Charlie Bucket's run behind Brindisi Breeze at Newcastle received a boost when the winner went on to land a Grade 2 at Haydock. NODFORM RICHARD was half-a-length back in third that day but paid the price for trying to match strides with the smart winner. He can take his revenge over this shorter trip and land this for Donald McCain. Doncaster fourth Optimist appears to be improving with experience and can also figure with his weight-for-age allowance but Master Murphy has his stamina to prove around here.
Barseventytwo (IRE) 28-1 (10-11) Towards rear, some headway from 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 11, 28l behind Saga De Tercey (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Charlie Bucket 12-1 (10-5) Close up, pushed along 3rd and soon lost place, ran in snatches, stayed on before last, went 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 13l behind Brindisi Breeze (11-4) at Newcastle 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
George My Friend 100-1 (11-3) Blundered 1st, well behind, some headway approaching 6th, tailed off when blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Star In Flight (11-10) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Feb, 15 ran.
Master Murphy (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, one pace from 3 out, 3rd of 14, 15l behind Agent Archie (11-9) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
My Friend George 100-1 (10-9) In rear, not fluent 1st, reminders 5th, soon tailed off, last of 12, well behind Cape Dutch (10-7) at Hexham 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Nodform Richard 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders on outer, pushed along and reminders approaching 8th, chased clear winner before and jumped tired 2 out, lost 2nd run-in, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Brindisi Breeze (11-4) at Newcastle 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
All For A Buzz 20-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, headway 7th, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 6, well behind Netminder (11-5) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Itsbeyondajoke 7-2 (11-0) Strugg 9; to & pu 3 out, in a race won by Spadestep (12-0) at Hexham Points 2m 4f ptp gf in May, 9 ran.
Optimist (GER) 66-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, pushed along before 3 out and headway, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 7, 6l behind Fourth Estate (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd.