It's interesting to see that David O'Meara has booked McCoy for winning chaser Loose Preformer, who is on the comeback trail. Winning pointer Indigo Rock may be improving while there is still plenty of time for Sedgefield third Optical High and the mare The Wicked Kipper. Halifax finally came good in a novices' handicap at Market Rasen last time and will make a bold bid to defy his penalty. He makes more appeal that Polarbrook, beaten in a seller at Worcester on his latest start, but we'll take a chance on CROOKED ARROW on his hurdling debut. Bred in the purple, Marjorie Fife has high hopes for the Galileo gelding who should improved markedly on a couple of bumper runs now he encounters better ground.
Halifax (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Made most, clear after 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd beating Full Speed (11-12) by 8l, 11 ran.
Aliking 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake 1st, not fluent 3rd, reminders and struggling after next, jumped right 6th, tailed off next, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Silver Eagle (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
Crooked Arrow (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear on inside, headway 6f out, driven to chase leaders over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 9, 38l behind Legacy Gold (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Direct Approach (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) Towards rear, jumped right 6th, behind after next, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Neltara (10-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Have You Had Yours (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) In touch, lost place 4 out, 11th of 15, well behind Buthelezi (11-7) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Indigo Rock (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden after 2 out, 4th and one pace last, 4th of 10, 9l behind Flaming Arrow (10-9) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Loose Preformer (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, pushed along and one pace before last, 4th of 7, 12l behind Wolf Shield (11-5) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Minkie Moon (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Held up in touch towards rear, ridden and weakened after 4th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Prickles (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Polarbrook (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Tracked winner, jumped left at times, ridden after 7th, well held when not fluent 3 out, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Well Mett (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Marmas 20-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 12, 15l behind Lieutenant Miller (9-6) at Doncaster 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr (flat).
Optical High 50-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, went 4th before 2 out, kept on to take 3rd place run-in, 3rd of 12, 37l behind Aazif (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd.
The Wicked Kipper 12-1 (10-10) In touch on outside, dropped towards rear 5th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 41l behind Mickie (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.