TUTCHEC overcame a 9lb rise to land a four-timer on his latest start. The first three of those wins came at this course and Nicky Richards' charge remains the one to beat despite a further hike in the weights. Count Guido Deiro finished runner-up at Warwick last time but was beaten out of sight and is better judged on an earlier victory at Wincanton while Nail 'M will find life tougher upped in class in search of a hat-trick. The Friary has also been in fine form in lesser grade contests and makes more appeal than the returning Markadam, who was last seen at the track in May.
Tutchec (FR) 4-1 (11-3) Pressed leader, hit 10th, not fluent 3 out, led next, 5 lengths clear when bad mistake last, gathered up and driven out, won at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan beating Fentara (11-3) by 5l, 4 ran.
Count Guido Deiro (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Led to 6 out, weakened 3 out, 2nd of 4, well behind Midnight Prayer (11-7) at Warwick 3m 2f nov chs (3) sft in Feb.
Dreams Of Milan (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Led until after 1st, made most from before 2nd until not fluent 3 out, weakened before next, last of 5, 43l behind Kris Spin (11-12) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Chavoy (FR) 33-1 (10-8) In rear, pushed along after 14th, soon weakened, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Wyck Hill (11-0) at Newcastle 4m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb, 16 ran.
Ballyoliver 13-2 (11-1) Chased leaders, reminders from 9th, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 8, 38l behind Firebird Flyer (10-12) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Captain Clayton (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb, 11 ran.
The Friary (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Held up in touch on inside, headway to challenge 3 out, soon ridden, led next, hard pressed when edged right flat, just held on, won at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb beating Mister Philson (10-8) by hd, 5 ran.
Markadam 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, shaken up before 2 out, pressed for 2nd last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Bobble Hat Bob (11-2) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Nail 'm (IRE) 6-4fav (11-7) Chased leaders, jumped left at times and often niggled along, mistake and reminders 4th, jumped slowly 6th, mistake and reminder 15th, driven after next, rallied from last (normal 2 out), stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft beating Bennys Well (11-0) by 1l, 6 ran.