A dual Flat winner in Germany, SNOOKER had shown just a modicum of ability in three attempts over hurdles, but there was more encouragement from his first run in handicap company at Doncaster. He kept on to finish fourth, hinting he would be winning when tackling longer trips.
Having shown some ability in bumpers and over hurdles, FOUR FIDDLERS stepped up on previous efforts on his switch to handicaps at Kelso. Sent into the lead two from home, he lacked concentration in the closing stages and was collared by the favourite Sundown Trail on the run-in. He can win something similar.
Stepping up in trip for his handicap debut at Newbury, THEATRICAL STAR stayed on well to take minor honours and was closing on the first two at the line after recovering from a mistake at the last. While consistency is not his strong point, he is on a decent mark, despite an inevitable 3lb rise, and he should remain competitive around three miles.
Dropped a few pounds for a couple of disappointing efforts, DAN BREEN bounced back with an improved effort at Newbury with cheekpieces replacing blinkers. He will probably head for the Grand Annual at Cheltenham next week where he will be 5lb well in compared to his revised rating, but he is worth keeping on side for the rest of the campaign.
A point-to-point winner but with nothing to recommend him under Rules, MISTER BLOOM improved in first-time blinkers to finish third at Sedgefield. Time is not on his side, but there may be a similar weak contest for the taking if he can build on this.