King In Waiting has been consistent enough over timber but was beaten a long way on his return to the track on the Flat at Southwell last week. Quapriland blundered her way round Exeter when last seen in November and will need to jump much better and Devil Water has shown very little to date. Humbie looked promising when scoring over hurdles at Kelso last March and should have benefited from the experience of his first start over fences at Catterick but point-to-point winner Mini Beck is a little long in the tooth to start a new career over regulation fences and was well beaten at Sedgefield a fortnight ago. MR SYNTAX has yet to win a race but would have done so but for falling three out at Newcastle last time and his overall form suggests it's his turn today.
Collyns Avenue 50-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened after 4 out, 10th of 17, well behind Ballabriggs (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Devil Water 50-1 (10-7) Held up behind in touch, left 3rd at 6th, lost touch with leading pair 11th, soon under pressure, lost moderate 3rd 5 out, no chance after, 4th of 6, 38l behind Alderley Rover (11-0) at Musselburgh 3m beg chase (4) sft.
Humbie (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, always towards rear, 6th of 12, 29l behind Glencree (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chase (4) gs in Jan.
King In Waiting (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) In touch, chased winner after 3 out, stumbled on landing 2 out, ridden and hit last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Moonstreaker (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Mini Beck 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, weakened before 3 out, left remote 4th and blundered badly last, 4th of 10, 26l behind The Knoxs (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft.
Mr Syntax (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Led, hit 1st, headed 2nd, remained close up, left in lead 7th, about 2 lengths up and going well when fell 3 out, in a race won by Lockstown (11-4) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 5 ran.
Quapriland (FR) 11-4 (11-1) Led, hit 9th, ridden when hit 2 out, headed and mistake last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Robbers Bridge (11-8) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (4) gs in Nov.