ETXALAR was giving Indian Voyage 9lb when beating Maurice Barnes' recent Wetherby winner by five lengths over course and distance in December. He scored again over a slightly longer trip here in February and wasn't disgraced at Ayr last time so will take some stopping back on his favourite track. Indian Voyage appears to have the beating of Whats Up Woody on a line through Mitchell's Way but Sergeant Pink has his sights lowered and is also starting to come down the weights again. Ultra Du Chatelet probably has some scope but the selection looks the stable's first string.
Whats Up Woody (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Prominent, ridden after 12th, left 2nd last (normal 2 out), stayed on, unable to challenge, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Mitchell's Way (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 18-1 (9-13) Held up in touch on inside, lost place 12th, behind when tried to refuse and unseated rider next, in a race won by Scotswell (10-5) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar, 9 ran.
Indian Voyage (IRE) 11-10fav (10-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 6th, led before 2 out, clear before last, ridden run-in, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar beating Free World (10-4) by 5l, 6 ran.
Hawaii Klass 4-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not that fluent, mistake and reminder 9th, driven in 4 lengths 3rd when blundered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Kris Cross (10-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb, 3 ran.
Etxalar (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 5 out, blundered 4 out, headed run-in, no extra, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Mister Philson (10-1) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
Five Rivers (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Disputed 2nd, ridden to challenge bypassing omitted 2 out, chased leader before last, ridden to lead post (no time taken), won at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr '13 beating Venetian Lad (11-0) by ns, 10 ran.
Ultra Du Chatelet (FR) 11-4fav (10-13) Held up behind, effort before 3 out, went 4th before 2 out, kept on same pace, lost 3rd place run-in, 5th of 7, 15l behind Wicklow Lad (10-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.