RIDDLESTOWN has been transformed since facing better ground and followed a cracking run over today's course and distance with a victory over today's rival Quadrato at Fakenham. He's gone up 6lb but should again take care of the runner-up and complete a double. Zava River is slowly getting the hang of the job and may just have found 3m too far at Exeter but it's Ironical who looks the main threat. He gained his first success on his 18th career start at Fakenham in October and now the quicker ground has returned he's expected to pay his way over the summer.
Captain Clayton (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden and headway before 2 out, in 4th and one pace before 2 out, 4th of 9, 6l behind Bob's World (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Zava River (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, driven next, ridden to chase leading pair between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Tara Tavey (10-5) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Riddlestown (IRE) 11-4fav (11-6) Tracked leader, led after 3 out, hard ridden next, stayed on well, won at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd beating Quadrato (11-5) by 4l, 9 ran.
Father Shine (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, not fluent 7th, lost place and ridden 10th, behind 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Speedy Bruere (11-7) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb, 10 ran.
Thimaar (USA) 40-1 (11-1) Chased leaders in 4th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, 49l behind Salmanazar (11-1) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Pheidias (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Led until headed after 9th, weakened before 3 out, soon tailed off, modest 4th, 4th of 8, well behind Big Time Billy (11-2) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Raktiman (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Led until 3 out, soon rallied, kept on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Riddlestown (11-6) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Taigan (FR) 12-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, weakened before 2 out, 11th of 15, 39l behind Dormouse (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Strongly Suggested 9-1 (11-12) Mid-divison, headway after 3rd, weakened 3 out, last of 15, 48l behind Rocky Elsom (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Quadrato (GER) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge 3 out, soon outpaced, rallied approaching last, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Riddlestown (11-6) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Ironical (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Led, hit 7th, headed approaching 2 out, rallied to lead again before and hit last, ridden out, won at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct beating Haling Park (9-9) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Samingarry (FR) 6-1 (10-8) With leader, driven after 2 out (usual 3 out), soon lost place, no impression from last, 6th of 13, 10l behind Decimus (11-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
General Ross (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3rd, headway before 7th, soon ridden and struggling, tailed off, 7th of 11, 50l behind Crystal Swing (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Deportation 100-1 (11-2) Towards rear, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Indian Castle (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.