Lucky Landing, a winner here and at Market Rasen in August, is climbing the weights but his fitness is guaranteed. Sean Airgead has won three times in previous trips across the Irish Sea, including last time at Cartmel, while Hazy Tom is still relatively unexposed over fences but appeared to have lost his confidence in the spring. GUS MACRAE is back on the same mark as when winning a Listed handicap at Ascot last November. McCoy rode him to victory in a novice chase over track and trip in 2011 and the partnership looks poised for a return to winning ways as Lamboro Lad may need a bit further nowadays.
Hazy Tom (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Led, mistake 11th, narrow advantage when fell last, in a race won by Aneyeforaneye (10-13) at Perth 2m 4f Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) gs in Apr, 5 ran.
Lucky Landing (IRE) 2-1fav (12-5) Held up in rear, mistake 9th, headway next, led before 2 out, mistake last, headed flat, stayed on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Rockiteer (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Sean Airgead (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) In rear, mistake 1st, headway before 11th, went 3rd 3 out, went 2nd after last and going well, led before elbow over 1f out, soon ridden, headed run-in, kept on gamely to regain lead towards finish, won at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug beating Supreme Duke (9-11) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Gus Macrae (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Behind, driven and some headway 3 out, never reached leaders, 11th of 29, 30l behind Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Lamboro Lad (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led 10th until 12th, chased leader, led again 14th until joined last, soon headed, stayed on under pressure flat, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Top Smart (10-12) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Apr.