PITHIVIER showed promise when third at Wetherby on his debut. Peter Niven's four-year-old finished well ahead of Backforce and can get off the mark on today's terms. Oleohneh faded badly close home when attempting to land the odds at Catterick last time. But she'd won over track and trip on her introduction so is not easily dismissed. Howaboutnever ran well on his racecourse bow at Bangor and is another to consider ahead of Redkalani, third at this track in December and preferred to Purple Harry.
Backforce 100-1 (10-11) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 11, 21l behind Relic Rock (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) hvy.
Grove Silver (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Ww twrds rr, 10th aftr a mile, fair 9th & lft alone aftr 4out, so in 5th bef last where left 4th & went 3rd cl home, nev nr, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Mount Brandon (11-9) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec.
Howaboutnever (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Led, reminders 5f out, headed over 4f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 8l behind A Vos Gardes (10-7) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (6) sft in Nov.
Messina Straights 6-1 (11-12) Chsd ldrs til wknd app 15; to, 7th of 14, well behind A New Rising (12-5) at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Oleohneh (IRE) 8-15fav (11-10) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, modest 3rd, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Philosofy (10-6) at Catterick 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Jan.
One For Arthur (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Made all, rdn & went clr last, row, won at Lingstown 3m ire ptp gd in Nov beating The Wexfordian (11-9) by 3l, 12 ran.
Purple Harry 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, last of 6, 14l behind Stonebrook (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Redkalani (IRE) 4-1fav (11-0) Held up mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 3rd of 14, 9l behind Seldom Inn (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) gd in Dec.
Pithivier (FR) 11-4 (10-8) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Relic Rock (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) hvy.