Philip Hobbs (right) runs Oldrik on the Flat at Bath on SundayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Oldrik's Flat assignment eased by non-runners
OLDRIK, who has hist first start on the Flat for 391 days, has had his chances of victory boosted by the defections of three rivals at Bath.
The Philip Hobbs-trained nine-year-old, well beaten in a handicap chase at Fontwell this month, runs off top weight at 2.00 in a class 5 handicap over 1m5f, but will not face Hallmark Star, Jalors and Highlife Dancer.
Belle Bayardo runs in Bath's 4.40 and is 6-1 (from 8) with William Hill, who make Australia Day 100-30 (from 5) for Kempton's feature at 4.25.
A bigger price is Arbeo - representing Diana Grissell and Sam Thomas - but he is now 20-1 with Hills having been 40-1.
The firm also reported a change for Sea Cadet in the 3.50. The Laura Mongan-trained ten-year-old is 8-1 (from 20).