THE FERICK probably came up against an above-average recruit in I Shot The Sheriff at Southwell. Also second at Towcester in October, he clearly has ability and it would be no surprise if Alan Swinbank's five-year-old made it third-time lucky today. Swinging Sultan disappointed at Aintree in October but will have needed that and should do better here, while Charlie's Vic was an easy winner at Sligo in May and is sure to attract support. Edmund has been well beaten in all three starts, however, and a better long-term prospect may be Mick Easterby's grey Few And Far, who is a half-brother to winning hurdler Black Cloud.
Brother Scott 7-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders before 7f out, led before 3f out, headed before 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 16l behind The Wayward Lord (10-13) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Charlie's Vic (IRE) 7-4fav (10-9) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden clear straight, stayed on well, easily, won at Sligo 2m 2f 4yo nhf sft in May beating Karuska (10-4) by 9l, 10 ran.
Edmund (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Led, headed well over 3f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 32l behind Rendl Beach (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd.
Few And Far Fair Mix gelding out of Dutch Czarina.
Gymdoli Endoli gelding out of Split The Wind.
It's Oscar (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, soon beaten and eased, 14th of 16, well behind Jigsaw Puzzle (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nhf (6) gs in Nov.
Justjoe (IRE) Carroll House gelding out of Made Of Marble.
Mccrohan (IRE) Alderbrook gelding out of Tidal Princess.
Skirlaw (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Close up, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 30l behind Ebanour (10-9) at Wetherby 2m nhf (6) sft in Feb.
Swinging Sultan 5-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway and 8th over 3f out, weakened 2f out, tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind Sir Johnson (12-0) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
The Ferick (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6f out, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace and no impression final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind I Shot The Sheriff (11-0) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Bach Peddling (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Towards rear, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, 11th of 18, well behind Call Me A Star (10-12) at Wetherby 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Nov.