Not sure such a poor card is worth a blog update, but we'll give it a quick run through before cracking on with tomorrow's decs. As if you didn't know already, we could do with some darn rain.
I wasn't interested in the 0-100 that opened the card. Millie The Minx had a bit about her and I had half an eye on her with the future in mind, but she went and ran a screamer which has blown her cover.
The Sayer yard was desperately quiet for over a year but has come back in the last few weeks and on the whole the sister of the honourable gentleman Mr K Slack does well with what she gets.
The only pair to take forward from the novice chase would be Black Art and Charmant, who will both be better on soft ground. The former looked straight enough but the Smith yard isn't firing yet, while the well-backed Charmant didn't look anywhere near straight.
While he was left with nothing to beat, the Ewart horse was a stylish winner and may well be above average as he'll come on tons for this. Cillian's Well fell into a poor race at Southwell and has no future in this sphere.
A couple of lengths covered the first five home in the following novice hurdle and that tells you all you need to know about the form.
Speedy Cargo looked paceless in his bumper but was expected to come on a bundle for that, however those who backed him into favouritism couldn't have been on great terms with themselves from early on.
Ask Paddington and Colby looked as though they need more time, pretty weak and unfurnished, while Sheriff Garrett is poorly made and will find it very hard to win in this code.
On a side note it's interesting that M Hammond is having winners now that A Cawley is taking a larger percentage of the rides.
The four-runner staying handicap chase was interesting because for some obscure reason the market had Some Kinda Lama as its leader despite having shown no aptitude for fencing whatsoever in three previous starts.
He lacks size and scope and this simply isn't his bag. He's a good ground, staying hurdler and pretty recalcitrant at that. Good luck to the new trainer.
Cash was again in evidence for the Smiths' Lough Derg Farmer, but once again he didn't look very interested and they've got a job on turning him around.
Paul's Hill and Like The Sound were decent specimens, both looking fit and well and really shouldn't have surprised anybody that they came home ahead of the other pair. Neither did much wrong, but the fact the third and fourth were closing markedly from two out may prove telling.
The staying hurdle looked trappy with Nemean Lion backed from the 6/1 down to 2s FAV. That was pretty revealing as this scopey sort bounded into the early lead (shock).
It's ironic Same Circus came to grief as she looks more a hurdler than a chaser, and one suspects she may have gone very close. She is well handicapped and can have a successful season in both spheres. More Than Luck isn't a great looker and wouldn't be one for me going forward.
The closing mares handicap wasn't up to much either, and it was disappointing the unexposed Secret Escape couldn't get the job done. She looked really paceless and already appears to want further, and softer ground too.
And that, mercifully, was that.