Starplex won over a shorter trip at Newcastle on his racecourse debut but just held on and has a penalty to carry here. ROUGH KING would almost certainly have won a point-to-point in Ireland in November had he not come down at the last. He clearly has some ability and is fancied to make a winning start under Rules as Laird Of Monksford finished tailed off at Uttoxeter on his introduction and Surging Seas was a little disappointing at Warwick last month. Debutants Silver Vogue and Tom Lamb should be monitored for any market interest.
Laird Of Monksford (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Held up, headway 8f out, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Definitly Red (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Rough King (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Ld from 4th, 2l adv 4out & rddn brfly 2out, 2l adv & still gng best when fell last, unlucky, in a race won by Arden Denis (11-9) at Affane 3m ire ptp in Nov, 8 ran.
Silver Vogue Revoque gelding out of Pusslin.
Surging Seas (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 5f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 13, 18l behind Battle Born (10-12) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Starplex 7-1 (10-5) In touch, headway over 3f out, led narrowly over 2f out, soon hard driven, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, just held on, won at Newcastle 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Dec beating Rock On Bollinski (10-12) by ns, 12 ran.
Tom Lamb Central Park gelding out of Lucinda Lamb.