Woodford County travelled well and found plenty for pressure when scoring at Uttoxeter. His amateur rider's claim takes care of the extra 4lb and he won't be far away again but James Banks seems to be getting the best out of the previously unresponsive BRACKLOON HIGH and, dropped in grade after his third at Chepstow, he gets the nod today. Lienosus was well beaten when having his sights lowered at Bangor while American Life, behind Woodford County at Uttoxeter, is still creeping up the weights despite not winning. Buckhorn Tom also needs some help from the handicapper and the others have a bit to prove at present.
Lienosus (IRE) 5-2 (11-11) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 46l behind Cyrien Star (10-9) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Brackloon High (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Prominent, went 2nd 6th until ridden after next, stayed on same pace from 2 out, no impression on front pair last, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Awaywiththegreys (11-10) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec.
Woodford County 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, headway to dispute lead after 4 out, led after next, hard pressed last, ridden and held on under pressure flat, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec beating One For Harry (11-12) by 1l, 11 ran.
Awesome Freddie 9-2 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon driven and beaten, 4th of 8, 27l behind Saphir River (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Mister Snowball (FR) 10-1 (10-3) In rear, not fluent and ridden 7th, tailed off and pulled up before 10th, in a race won by King Edmund (11-12) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft, 9 ran.
Buckhorn Tom 6-1 (11-4) Prominent, ridden to challenge 3 out, weakened after next, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Sir Frank (11-11) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, headway 6th, soon prominent, led after 4 out, headed next, ridden and weakened 2 out, 4th of 8, 35l behind Whisper (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec '12.
Robin Will (FR) 25-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 4 out, ridden to chase leaders next, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 11, 11l behind Woodford County (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
American Life (FR) 4-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 4 out, effort when jumped left last, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind The Young Master (11-2) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.