Cheekpieces may help to bring the best out of BOBBLE HAT BOB who is suggested ahead of Muntami and Spare Me as a result. The selection has been a little disappointing so far but he lined up in a relatively competitive race at Ludlow last time and may not have been ideally suited by the demands of the track. He's been given a break and returns in cheekpieces rather than blinkers and could be worth another chance. For those who prefer to side with runners with form in the book then they need look no further than Muntami and Spare Me. Muntami has run two excellent races at this track on his last two starts but is 6lbs higher than when beaten last time so may be worth opposing as a result. Spare Me has been a little in and out in recent weeks but showed what he was capable of last time and makes the short-list as a result but Bobble Hat Bob and his new headgear heads it.
Springfield Raki 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leader, hit 3rd, pushed along and in rear from 7th, tailed off 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by River Logic (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Bijou Dan 14-1 (11-11) Ran in snatches, in touch, driven 5th, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 9, 6l behind Breaking Storm (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Apr.
Ovthenight (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) In touch, reminders after 4th, losing place when hampered on bend before next, ran on flat, 4th of 16, 14l behind I'm In The Pink (11-3) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Apr.
Bobble Hat Bob (FR) 5-2fav (11-8) Mid-division, headway after 8th, no impression from 3 out, disputing 3rd when not fluent 2 out, 5th of 13, 21l behind Estate (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Mar.
Muntami (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Held up towards, headway to chase leaders after 3 out, chased winner approaching next, hit last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Vecchio Senso (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Apr.
McQueen (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, lost place when not fluent 5th, tailed off 2 out, 15th of 16, well behind Woody Valentine (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Spare Me 25-1 (9-13) With leader, outpaced from 3 out, rallied after 2 out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Dishdasha (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Nomadic Warrior 2-1 (10-11) Chased leader, chased winner from 3 out, well held before next, 2nd of 5, 12l behind Phantom Lad (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Reel Missile 20-1 (11-2) Led, ridden and headed after 7th, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Commemoration Day (10-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jun '07.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 25-1 (11-0) With leader, led approaching 3rd, headed 4 out, soon weakened, last of 8, well behind Stage Acclaim (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.