SIMARTHUR won a Hexham maiden in good style when the 107-rated Romany Ryme was beaten 4l receiving 7lb so a rating of 115 on his handicap debut doesn't look harsh and he can go in again. The latter was travelling very easily when brought down at Kelso subsequently so the form looks decent. Luctor Emergo stepped up to this trip for the first time at Musselburgh and could hardly have won with more authority, coming home 10l clear of Total Assets and receiving a 13lb hike in the weights as a result. Snapping Turtle came with a strong late run to catch Ruby Bay over 2m4f here last time and the longer trip will be in his favour but Magic Present looks high in the weights for what he's achieved over hurdles.
Simarthur 2-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway after 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Hexham 3m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec beating Hellorboston (11-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
Micro Mission (IRE) 7-1 (10-2) In touch in 4th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, last of 6, 46l behind Talkin Sence (10-1) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, led 2 out, ran on well from last, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec beating Total Assets (11-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Magic Present 14-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, mistake 8th, outpaced in 3rd after 4 out, no chance with front pair from next, 3rd of 7, 21l behind Blakemount (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Romany Ryme 4-1fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, close 3rd when brought down last (normal 3 out), in a race won by Mr Utah (11-7) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Wolf Shield (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, chased leaders before 8th, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 9, 31l behind Timesishard (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Dec.
Sphinx (FR) 33-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, pushed along briefly 8th, weakened after next, 8th of 9, 29l behind Moscow Presents (11-9) at Haydock 3m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Dec.
Snapping Turtle (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Held up behind, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before last, looked held run-in, kept on to lead post, won at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec beating Ruby Bay (11-8) by hd, 18 ran.