McCoy's presence on board last week's Warwick third Ninepointsixthree will no doubt attract followers but STIFF UPPER LIP has more scope. Oliver Sherwood's colt may do better when the ground dries out a little but showed promise on his debut at Warwick last month and has the beating of Strong Conviction. It's difficult to make a serious case for any of the others including newcomers Cherry Tiger and Theionlady.
Bobtail 50-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, weakened over 6f out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Foryourinformation (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy, 11 ran.
Cherry Tiger 9-2 (9-4) Close up, chased leader over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Entrapping (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct (flat).
Ninepointsixthree 66-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, led briefly before 5 out, ridden 2 out, soon outpaced, kept on to take 3rd run-in, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Raven's Tower (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft.
Stiff Upper Lip (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In touch, not fluent 5th, went 2nd briefly 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 8, 14l behind Hawk High (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Strong Conviction 66-1 (10-7) In touch, headway to chase leaders 3 out, pushed along soon after, weakened before next, 8th of 15, 29l behind Saint Breiz (10-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Theionlady (IRE) Presenting filly out of Valleya.
Todoistodare 16-1 (10-0) Led until over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Great Try (11-2) at Southwell 2m (4) std.