Wayward Glance has finished third in both previous starts over fences but has been done few favours by the handicapper back over the larger obstacles. THE FRIARY was alongside eventual winner Papamoa when falling two out at Newcastle in March. He looked a real stayed when grinding out a victory over 3m1f at Hexham last time and, though fractionally worse off with his old rivals, can follow up over this longer trip. Fiddlers Reel looks high enough in the weights while though Emma Soda sprang a surprise at Warwick in March, she reverted to type at Fontwell next time.
Wayward Glance 12-1 (11-8) Led after 1st, mistake 8th, pressed 3 out, ridden 2 out, headed before last, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Flicka Williams (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Fiddlers Reel 6-1 (10-13) Held up in 5th, chased leading trio 12th, driven along before 2 out, kept on flat pressing for modest 3rd, dropped to 4th post, 5th of 7, 17l behind Tutchec (10-10) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.
The Friary (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) In touch in 4th, soon in rear, jumped slow 11th, pushed along after 13th, soon outpaced, headway after 2 out, stayed on to lead run-in, won at Hexham 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov beating Moyode Wood (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Papamoa 5-1 (10-8) Chased leader, joined leader 8th, left in lead 10th, ridden before 4 out, kept on gamely run-in, won at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct beating My Boy Paddy (11-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Emma Soda 8-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, slow jump 6th, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Quarl Ego (11-5) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Apr, 9 ran.