This is a dire race in which HIDDENSEE is given the chance to go in again ahead of Gamesters Lady and Bari Bay. Alan Jones' gelding landed a huge gamble when last seen, backed as he was from 33/1 into 11/4 favouritism despite having been pulled up four times on the spin prior to that success. It appears the horse improved massively for dropping to this trip, tackling better ground and the application of cheekpieces so with conditions once again ideal he's given the token vote. It's worth noting the horse was once very smart on the level, so really should be up to scoring off 75. It'd be no surprise were Adage taken out here, which in turn would give stablemate Gamesters Lady solid claims. Jim Best is more than capable of winning these races, in the process often landing some hefty gambles, so a market check is advised. The gelding showed next to nothing last time he raced over hurdles but he's improved on the flat of late and could be up to scoring. Of the remainder Bari Bay isn't without hope at a price, as she's a filly who should really improve for this better ground and has time on her side. Ghaill Force has course and distance placed form off this mark so also has claims, whilst Bridge Of Fermoy may attract some each way support as a prolific enough sort on the level who remains capable of better. This is a poor race and the biggest guide will surely be the market, but without it we'll take Hiddensee.
Adage 20-1 (10-5) Always in rear, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind The Good Guy (11-2) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd/am sll hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Gamesters Lady 12-1 (10-2) Chased winner to 4th, every chance well before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 50l behind Shore Thing (11-12) at Ludlow 2m clm hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Bridge of Fermoy (IRE) 50-1 (9-11) Chased leading pair until weakened on long run to 3 out, 5th of 7, 18l behind Lord Singer (11-5) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Ghaill Force 4-1 (10-10) Chased leaders until ridden, weakened after 3 out, last of 8, 19l behind Campfire Tales (10-11) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Nov.
Hiddensee (USA) 11-4fav (9-11) Chased leader, hit 5th, driven along after 3 out, 3 lengths 2nd and under strong pressure 2 out, led between last 2, in command soon after, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Petito (11-9) by 5l, 10 ran.
Bari Bay 10-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, soon chasing leaders, never on terms, 4th of 9, 27l behind Ban Uisce (11-4) at Folkestone 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-85 (5) sft in Jan.
Colemanstown 150-1 (10-0) Raced freely, held up towards rear, mistake 1st, weakened 5th, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Zen Factor (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Racing Stripes (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Took keen hold towards rear, stayed 2nd, never nearer, 9th of 13, well behind Makhzoon (10-12) at Leicester 2m cond nov hdl 4yo+ (4) hvy in Dec.