Gansey hasn't won for three years but hasn't dropped in the weights as he's been competing at a higher level and produced a fine effort when a close fourth in the Grand Sefton at Aintree in December. He followed that with a narrow defeat by Kilcrea Ash in a veteran's event at Haydock and should be in the frame from the same mark. Railway Dillon had dropped to a lowly mark when scoring at Bangor but blotted his copybook with a poor subsequent effort at Newbury. BARNEYS HONOUR has had plenty of success in Ireland and though not at his best recently he's been ridden by an amateur and the champion's presence on board could give him the edge. Mister First has some reasonably for in Ireland though he looks a few pounds high but And The Man and Wicklow Lad fought out a finish here early last month and should be involved again with the former expected to take his revenge as he definitely improved on his subsequent start.
Gansey (IRE) 9-4fav (10-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 8th, mistake 10th, led next, 3 lengths clear 2 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Kilcrea Asla (9-10) at Haydock 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec.
Railway Dillon (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Reminder soon after start, tended to jump left, chased leaders, went 2nd after 8th, challenged 12th, lost 2nd soon after 14th, weakened before 3 out, behind and pulled up before next, in a race won by Restless Harry (11-5) at Newbury 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Barneys Honour (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Prominent, lost place 4 out and pushed along, soon prominent again, no impression from before straight, 5th of 8, 18l behind Treat Yourself (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Mister First (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 5 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Bar De Ligne (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Jan.
And The Man 7-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, headway before 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, challenged last, led run-in, kept on well, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan beating See Double You (10-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Wicklow Lad 6-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, blunderd 5th, joined leader after 9th, outpaced in 3rd before 4 out, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Rose Of The Moon (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Ros Castle (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway before 5 out, mistake 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, no extra run-in, 4th of 7, 15l behind Wicklow Lad (10-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Prosecco (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Led until 9th, weakened well before last, 4th of 7, 28l behind Ballycool (9-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.