Mallusk has fallen to a decent mark but he's been a little disappointing this season and has never raced on ground this quick. He also has a bit to find to overturn last year's Newbury running with Cottage Acre, who showed a bit more at Sedgefield last time. Mon Chevalier's Stratford conqueror, Take Of Shoc'S, has won again since and he makes more appeal than Round The Horn and Rory Boy but may be too close in the weights to UPTHEMSTEPS. A visor is fitted on Ian Williams' gelding for the first time and could have the desired effect as this looks a little easier than recent races.
Dinarius 22-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, hampered 3rd, lost place next, tailed off 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Oh Crick (11-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Round The Horn (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 5 out, led next, ridden and headed 2 out, pecked last, no extra, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 5, 13l behind My Boy Paddy (11-0) at Chepstow 3m beg chase (4) sft in Mar.
Rory Boy (USA) 9-1 (11-2) Held up, ridden after 7th, well beaten after 9th, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Godsmejudge (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Cottage Acre (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd at 8th until next, ridden before 12th, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 5, 32l behind Fred Bojangals (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Mon Chevalier (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Held up in 3rd, went 2nd when hit 2 out, 4 lengths down and ridden before last, rallied briefly flat, well held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Take Of Shoc's (10-10) at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Upthemsteps (IRE) 13-2 (11-11) Chased leaders, pushed along after 5 out, left disputing well held 2nd when blundered 4 out, 3rd and one pace after, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Master Milan (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Romanesco (FR) 28-1 (11-3) Chased leader until mistake 5th, soon lost place, behind when mistake 7th, tailed off when mistake 2 out, 8th of 10, well behind Triptico (11-10) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Mallusk (IRE) 3-1fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, ridden to chase leading pair before 3 out, switched inside approaching next, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 10, 11l behind The Thirsty Bricky (10-12) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.