Marky Bob picks up a 7lb penalty for winning a very modest Newton Abbot contest over the weekend but does go well on the ground which is crucial at this time of year. However, GORTEENWOOD appeals as a likelier option at the weights. Not seen under Rules since the autumn of 2010, he's been coaxed nicely back into from by Mark Gillard with a couple of solid runner-up efforts over course and distance in the past month and looks well treated off a mark of 84. He actually finished behind Captain Knock on the first of those two runs but the latter has since been tailed off on his follow-up attempt and the selection appeals as the safer option. Rebel High usually runs his race but a career record of 0-24 under Rules tell it's own story.
Marky Bob (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Took keen hold tracking leader, led narrowly 3rd, bad blunder 4 out, driven and narrowly headed approaching 2 out, in front again soon after 2 out, in command before last, stayed on well, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gf beating Capisci (11-8) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Jayo (FR) 33-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway from 12th, ridden and no impression from 3 out, 5th of 13, 21l behind Uncle Pettit (10-3) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Rebel High (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) With leader until 8th, ridden after 3 out, in 4th before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Wicklewood (9-9) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Gorteenwood (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Pressed leader, led 4th, headed approaching last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Moorlands Jack (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Captain Knock (IRE) 5-1fav (10-8) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed next, mistake 8th, weakened after next, blundered 4 out, 10th of 12, well behind Moorlands Jack (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Milly Malone (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) In rear, mistake 9th, weakened from 11th, 6th of 11, 45l behind Mr Robinson (9-12) at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Jun.
Go Ruby Go 50-1 (10-0) Pulled hard, led until 2nd, remained prominent, weakened 3 out, 12th of 13, well behind Iguacu (11-3) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jun.