Gentleman Anshan likes sharp tracks but may be a few pounds too high at present, though he finished ahead of both Have You Seen Me and That's The Deal at Southwell last month. Niceonefrankie has proved frustrating to follow this season and likewise See U Bob but MIDNIGHT SAIL won at Kempton on his penultimate start and can be forgiven a subsequent run in a Grade 3 at Newbury where he made mistakes and was pulled up. The top weight must go close if back to his best.
Midnight Sail 12-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, jumped right 2nd and 3rd, not fluent 8th, ridden after 5 out, lost place next, pulled up after, in a race won by Pacha Du Polder (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar, 11 ran.
Niceonefrankie 9-2 (11-10) Led until 4th, tracked leader, ridden after 12th, 4th when hit 4 out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 8, 7l behind Cootehill (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Gentleman Anshan (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders and keen, went 3rd from 12th, chased winner after last, no impression, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Noble Legend (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Have You Seen Me (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Jumped right early, led until 8th, led next, ridden and headed 2 out, held towards finish, 2nd of 3, 5l behind Denali Highway (11-6) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Manger Hanagment (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Raced wide towards rear, ridden before 3rd, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 5th, in a race won by Decimus (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar, 8 ran.
See U Bob (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway before 13th, no extra run-in, 4th of 7, 7l behind Dusky Bob (10-10) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
Down The Stretch 16-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, reminders after 9th, tailed off 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Sustainability (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
That's The Deal (IRE) 7-4fav (11-7) Held up, headway to chase leaders 7th, driven to challenge 3 out, soon outpaced, staying on when left in 3rd at last, ran on, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Miss Kalifa (11-1) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.