A dual winner over hurdles, DUNGEEL makes his chasing bow on his return to action. Donald McCain's charge may well be good enough as he's rated much higher over timber than Shouldavboughtgold, a runner-up over fences at Wetherby on his last couple of starts. The latter's stablemate Alpha Victor refused on his chasing debut and Son Of Flicka has yet to get his jumping together over the larger obstacles. Colonel Iain didn't fare too badly when fourth over fences at Uttoxeter and should improve from that introduction.
Alpha Victor (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Close up, weakened 3 out, behind well pulled up last, in a race won by Kaki De La Pree (10-6) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Colonel Iain 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 10th, headway 12th, hit 14th, jumped left 4 out, mistake 3 out, not fluent and weakened next, 4th of 8, 17l behind Milborough (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m nov chs (4) sft in Dec.
Dungeel (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Led, ridden and headed when mistake 9th, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 9, 49l behind O'Faolains Boy (10-11) at Bangor 3m nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Shouldavboughtgold (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden to lead last, headed final stride, 2nd of 11, hd behind Clondaw Flicka (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Son of Flicka 25-1 (11-0) Held up in 6th, mistake 9th, disputing 5th when went badly left 10th, went modest 4th 2 out, 4th of 9, 19l behind Hi George (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (4) gd in Dec.