BLACKPOOL BILLY was returning from a two year break when a good second to Alfie Flits at Kelso in November and made a bad mistake when looking the likely winner on his next start at Catterick. He should win his share of races over fences and this looks an ideal opportunity. The Cockney Squire won over hurdles in Ireland and has steadily progressed over fences for Lucinda Russell. He's on a fair mark and should get competitive while the handicapper has given Pamak D'Airy, a winner at Newcastle in November 2009 from a 4lb higher mark, a chance of gaining his third success over fences. Quicuyo's only victory over fences came over the C&D but that was on very heavy ground over two years ago.
Quws Law (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, dropped to mid-division 4th, weakened 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Arctic Court (11-7) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd, 13 ran.
Blackpool Billy (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, hampered badly 3rd, headway on outer 7th, led approaching
The Cockney Squire (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Mallusk (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Quicuyo (GER) 6-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd from 4th, hit 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 12th of 17, 25l behind The Magic Bishop (10-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 11-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 7, 11l behind Riguez Dancer (11-12) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Arc Warrior (FR) 50-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, blundered 7th, weakened approaching 5 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Primrose Time (10-10) at Carlisle 2m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Oct, 14 ran.
Carters Rest 50-1 (11-0) In touch, ridden after 4 out soon weakened, 7th of 12, 41l behind Glencree (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chase (4) gs.
Tartan Snow 33-1 (11-2) In touch, lost place 3rd, ridden after 7th, closed next, weakening when fell 2 out, in a race won by Douglas Julian (10-0) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov, 9 ran.
Little Wizard (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Chased leader, fell 3rd, in a race won by Heavenly Chorus (10-13) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs, 11 ran.