Under a determined ride from Adam Wedge, Licklighter fought back on the run in, after being headed to get up close home and continue the fine run of the yard.
LICKLIGHTER showed plenty of determination to get up close home and beat a course specialist in a race that became a match turning out of the back straight. He had been headed narrowly when not putting in the cleanest jump at the last but battled back strongly on the run-in. This was his fourth win over fences, and his third since joining this in-form yard from Denis Hogan last year. He may not have stopped improving yet and looks like he could stay even further too.
Given a classy ride by Adam Wedge, The Wild Westerner cruised to victory in very impressive style in the Market Rasen Bumper.
THE WILD WESTERNER was kept wide for the better ground but travelled sweetly and picked up well after hitting the front with over a furlong to go, winning with some authority. He'd shown enough on debut to suggest a similar race would be within his compass and he's a nice prospect for hurdling
Apart from a slight misjudgement at the third last , Tardree put in a good round of jumping under Adam Wedge to win on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter.
TARDREE, a point winner who was third on his second start over hurdles on his previous outing, was heavily backed to make a winning chasing debut and duly obliged. He survived a scare when putting down three out but soon had matters under control and scored with plenty in hand. This is clearly his game and he would be interesting if turned out under a penalty.