Ferdy Murphy's Quality Control is better than we have seen so far this term but he is hard to back with confidence after two disappointing runs since coming back from a long absence and a safer option looks to be recent Ayr winner OSCAR HONEY, who gets the vote with Key Time rated the best of the rest. The selection was good value for his win at Ayr, drawing clear from two out to beat Eighteen Carat comfortably in a novices' hurdle and Rose Dobbin's gelding can follow up back in a handicap off a mark of 115. Alan King's Mr Valentino is lightly raced but needs to improve to trouble the judge, while Henrietta Knight's Benmore Boy is capable but inconsistent having won well at Towcester two starts ago before being pulled up at Fontwell last time. Malcolm Jefferson's Wot Way Chief is better than he was able to show at Haydock last time and that run is probably best ignored but a bigger threat is likely to come from Howard Johnson's Key Time, who looks to be going the right way. Oscar Honey won with plenty in hand last time though and he looks to be reasonably well treated in a handicap today having not been raised for that latest success.
Oscar Honey (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Led, headed 3rd, chased clear leader until after 4 out, led again 3 out, left clear after next, won at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Eighteen Carat (11-1) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
River Logic (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) In rear, progress on outer after 3 out, effort last, no extra flat, 4th of 7, 6l behind Ballyvesey (10-0) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
American Cricket (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Prominent, jumped right 1st and 3rd, not fluent 4th, ridden and hung left after 7th, hit 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 16l behind Miss Ladybird (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Wot Way Chief 9-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, reminders 7th, pulled up before next, dismounted, in a race won by Ela Re (10-13) at Haydock 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar '09, 8 ran.
Benmore Boy (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Close up on outside, driven after 3 out, soon lost place, weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by Maraafeq (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
The Gloves Are Off (IRE) 17-2 (10-10) Close up on outside, hit 3rd, driven 3 out, ridden and weakened from next, 6th of 8, 14l behind Well Disguised (9-8) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Ballinderry Park (FR) 14-1 (11-11) Mid-division, outpaced when blundered 13th, pulled up before next,, in a race won by Plein Pouvoir (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Gee Dee (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 4th when pulled up before 2 out, lame, in a race won by The Sliotar (11-8) at Southwell 3m nov hdl (4) gf in Apr '08, 11 ran.
Key Time (IRE) 13-2 (10-8) Jumped well, led, ridden 2 out, headed flat, stayed on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Ballyvesey (10-0) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Solway Bay 10-1 (11-0) In rear, weakened from 12th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Dallas Bell (10-9) at Hexham 3m 1f beg chase (4) sft in Mar, 6 ran.
Mr Valentino (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Mistake and pushed along 4th, always in rear, 8th of 12, well behind Sarando (11-4) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Quality Control (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th, in rear from 8th and reminders, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dallas Bell (10-9) at Hexham 3m 1f beg chase (4) sft in Mar, 6 ran.
Kayf Commander 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, outpaced when hit 3 out, no impression from next, 6th of 11, 23l behind Alfloramoor (11-4) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
My Rosie Ribbons (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Always behind, trailing from halfway, tailed off, last of 19, well behind Ardalan (9-13) at Galway 3m hcp hdl 0-130 gd in Aug '07.