Frank The Slink last won two years ago and has been pulled up in four of his seven subsequent starts in similar company. Farm Pixie has never won a race but came very close at Carlisle a month ago when just failing to match strides with Fozy Moss. Mr Syntax has generally performed at a slightly higher level and showed at Doncaster last time that he should be winning again soon but the concession of 21lb to MR SUPREME may prove beyond him. Keith Reveley's charge has dropped to a winnable mark and his second to The Panama Kid at Doncaster suggested this could be his day.
Mr Syntax (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 13th, chasing leaders and hit 4 out, went 3rd soon after, kept on run in, no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Mart Lane (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Frank The Slink 12-1 (9-9) In rear, tailed off and pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Noble Legend (11-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Farm Pixie (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before and not fluent 3 out, challenged 2 out, every chance last, just held held close home, 2nd of 8, hd behind Fozy Moss (10-4) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Mr Supreme (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway before 11th, kept on from last, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 8l behind The Panama Kid (11-5) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.