It could be a profitable day for Paul Nicholls' followers and WORKBENCH can get Ditcheat off to a winning start as his second to Pendra at Plumpton represents decent novice form. Two of Best Boy Barney's three runs have been over 2m4f but he did get within five lengths of the useful Chatterbox over 2m at Newbury in December and Minella Definitely won at Kempton before finding Grade 2 company too hot to handle at Warwick. He will be more at home here. The others would all have to improve significantly on what they've shown so far to figure.
Minella Definitely (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Prominent, lost place when mistake 8th, weakened 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by The New One (11-7) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan, 7 ran.
Best Boy Barney (IRE) 2-1 (11-6) Led, not fluent 1st, headed 3rd, pressed winner until mistake 3 out, one pace from next, mistake last, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Sound Investment (11-6) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Broken Eagle (USA) 80-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway before 2 out, stayed on, never near to challenge, 4th of 14, 38l behind Shotavodka (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy.
I'm A College Boy (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Prominent, jumped slowly 3rd, weakened after 5th, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Top Gamble (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Master Todd (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, plugged on from next, 3rd of 14, 27l behind Shotavodka (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Next Oasis (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Mid-div for most, mstk 12th, sn no extra pu after 3out, in a race won by Nedzer's Return (11-4) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec, 19 ran.
Perfect Timing 100-1 (11-3) Mid-division on inside, headway approaching 4th, ridden next, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 13, 30l behind Top Gamble (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Port Hill 100-1 (11-5) Towards rear, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 14, 35l behind Mr Watson (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Silver Commander 20-1 (10-12) Led until after 2nd, chased leader, led again briefly well before 2 out, weakening quickly when blundered 2 out, tailed off, 13th of 17, well behind Big Society (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Wak A Turtle (IRE) 80-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 7, 41l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-11) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Workbench (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Pulle dhard, held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 6th, chasing leaders when not fluent and slightly hampered 2 out, stayed on flat, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Pendra (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.