POSH BIRD was second in the Eider Chase last season off a higher mark and showed definite signs of a revival in a veterans' chase at Newbury earlier in the month. Neither the ground nor the trip here will be a problems and Peter Niven's mare can get back on the winning trail. See U Bob has been knocking on the door recently and remains on a decent mark while Dusky Bob wasn't beaten far when third at Sedgefield last time. Vamizi, Markadam and Tipsy Dara all disappointed on their latest starts, however, and Prophete De Guye may struggle under his big weight.
Prophete de Guye (FR) 25-1 (10-9) In rear, headway before 4 out, one pace and no impression from 2 out, 6th of 10, 6l behind Monkerty Tunkerty (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Feb.
See U Bob (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Held up in last, headway after 5 out, chased winner when not fluent 4 out, stayed on, unable to challenge, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind No Secrets (11-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Vamizi (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Held up, ridden 15th, never on terms, 6th of 10, 33l behind Emperor's Choice (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb.
Posh Bird (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway approaching 13th, outpaced 16th, stayed on from 3 out, went 3rd after last, closing on 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Michel Le Bon (11-7) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd.
Markadam 12-1 (10-7) Always in rear, 7th of 10, 43l behind Emperor's Choice (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb.
Tipsy Dara (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Led to 1st, tracked leader, lost place before 9th, pulled up last, in a race won by Beau Dandy (10-6) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.
Dusky Bob (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) In rear, headway to chase leaders 3 out, hampered and left 3rd 2 out, ridden and stayed on flat, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Gwladys Street (11-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Mister Philson (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Mid div, not go with ldrs 3out, so onepce, 5th of 11, 34l behind Carsonstown Boy (12-0) at Maralin 3m ire ptp.