Spear Thistle won't mind the ground but it's questionable as to whether he's as good as he once was. Take Over Sivola continues to disappoint while Ringa Bay is hard to fancy on recent form and Time To Think returns from an absence, though the defeat of Hunt Ball at Plumpton in January would give her a big chance if she's fully wound-up. Delgany Gunner is the safest option as he's rarely far away in the grade but the enigmatic NEWTON TONIC would just about win this if on a going day and gets the nod with the ground having turned in his favour.
Spear Thistle 3-1 (10-12) Led to 5th, led again after 2 out, headed before last, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 14l behind Makhzoon (11-1) at Hexham 2m 4f sell hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Ringa Bay 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 33l behind Representingceltic (10-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Take Over Sivola (FR) 9-4 (11-2) With leader, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 32l behind Cool Operator (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Time To Think 11-2 (9-11) Jumped right, led until 5th, tracked leader until 4 out, one pace 3 out, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Pepite Rose (11-10) at Newbury 2m 6f Mares Novice Handicap Chase (Listed) (5yo+) (1) gd in Mar.
Delgany Gunner 4-1 (10-4) In touch, headway to disputed lead 2 out, led before next, stayed on, won at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Key Cutter (11-12) by 7l, 6 ran.
Newton Tonic 15-8fav (11-2) Led, not fluent and jumped left 2nd, headed 7th, not fluent 10th, soon lost place, soon pulled up, in a race won by Noble Legend (11-3) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Oct, 6 ran.