Quite The Man was understandably no match for Brave Spartacus at Doncaster last time but he's a solid sort and should be on the premises, whilst Castlelawn has been consistent in average northern hurdle company and has given the impression that he will be notably better over the larger obstacles. He's on a fair mark too for this chasing debut for Lucinda Russell. Classical Mist has claims at his best but is rather in and out whilst Twentypoundluck raids from Ireland. The latter has made the frame on latest sorties from across the Irish Sea and has shown more than enough to be of interest once again. The vote, however, is awarded to RISKIER, a solid and consistent performer over fences who will be better suited than any of his rivals by the drop back to the minimum trip on the forecast better ground.
Quite The Man (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Held up in 4th, went 2nd at 10th, driven and kept on same pace from 2 out, no impression with winner, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Brave Spartacus (11-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Twentypoundluck (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Led, reminders before 3 out, soon ridden, headed last, not quicken, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Carrigdhoun (11-0) at Ayr 2m beg chase (4) gs.
Riskier 4-1 (10-12) Led, not fluent 4th, headed next, not fluent 9th, led again 10th, mistake and headed 4 out, no impression on winner from next, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 29l behind Marie Des Anges (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Classical Mist 9-4fav (11-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd until after 5th, in rear next, quickly pulled up, in a race won by Sawpit Supreme (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb, 5 ran.
Gleann Na Ndochais (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, every chance when blundered last, kept on run-in, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Diamond Frontier (11-3) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) In rear, headway before 3 out, chasing leaders when blundered badly last, no extra run-in, 6th of 10, 7l behind Diamond Frontier (11-3) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Bob's Dream (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders on inside, driven after 3 out, chased winner briefly next, well beaten 3rd before last, weakened into 4th flat, 4th of 8, 29l behind Sacre Toi (11-2) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Castlelawn (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear and keen, headway 5th, joined leaders next, weakened from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 27l behind Carrigdhoun (11-0) at Ayr 2m beg chase (4) gs.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, one pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Diamond Frontier (11-3) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, led 4 out, fell 2 out, in a race won by The Fox's Decree (10-9) at Catterick 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Feb, 5 ran.
On Gossamer Wings (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair, headway 6th, chased leaders next, weakened 9th, 6th and no chance when blundered 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 34l behind No Way Hozay (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.