SAMIZDAT ended a long losing run at Catterick last week. If that signalled a return to form for Dianne Sayer's eight-year-old, a 7lb penalty may not make much difference here as he is still ridiculously well handicapped though Bright Sparky certainly has a chance against the bottom weight on a line through the consistent Knight Valliant. Domino Dancer is only a plater nowadays, while the four-year-old Kayaan failed to build on his Market Rasen second when well beaten at Sandown next time and stablemate Atared was pulled up over C&D last time.
Shilpa (IRE) 22-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, last of 9, well behind L'Eldorado (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Like Ice 14-1 (11-3) Mid-division, tracked leaders 3 out, driven and outpaced approaching next, weakened before last, 8th of 15, 19l behind Dormouse (11-9) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
Domino Dancer (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Keen hold in touch, tracked leaders 3rd, ridden to challenge 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 17l behind Quincy Des Pictons (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Keep Guessing 20-1 (11-5) Reluctant to race, held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, soon outpaced, stayed on before 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 18l behind Swiss Art (11-8) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.
Jersey Boys 4-1 (10-10) Raced keenly tracking leader, hit 6th, effort 2 out, weakened approaching last, last of 5, 20l behind Bocciani (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
Atared 20-1 (11-5) In touch on inside, ridden and outpaced after 5th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Laterly (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb, 10 ran.
Bright Sparky (GER) 13-2 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, chased winner last, kept on, 2nd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Knight Valliant (10-8) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Kayaan 7-1 (10-9) Held up in last trio, headway approaching 3 out, ridden in 5th after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 8, 49l behind Kayef (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Boo 11-2 (10-5) Chased leaders, reminders approaching 4th, lost place 3 out, weakened when hit next, 5th of 6, well behind Points of View (12-2) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Samizdat (FR) 11-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, led 5th, ridden 2 out, kept on and edged right run-in, won at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd beating Knight Valliant (11-12) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.