Lupita was always struggling when last of four at Newton Abbot on Sunday, while Chepstow third Arctic Flow races from 8lb out of the handicap. Normally is visored after disappointing at Ffos Las but the form of his stable is a major concern while Mercury Bay and On The Bridge return from an absence. Chasing debutant Thomas Wild could be interesting having finished third over hurdles on his reappearance at Wincanton, but HOW'S MY FRIEND has been quite highly tried over fences so far and Grant Cann's seven-year-old is taken to make the most of this drop in class.
Bubbly Bruce (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, some headway 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 10th of 15, 27l behind Top Smart (11-5) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Feb.
How's My Friend 13-2 (10-11) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 14th, hit next, outpaced before 4 out, stayed on same pace from 2 out, no impression, 6th of 12, 15l behind Clash Duff (11-9) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd.
Thomas Wild 11-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders on inside, challenged after 9th, ridden 2 out, no impression when left 3rd last, 3rd of 11, 16l behind Cocacobana (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Mercury Bay (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Lightning Strike (11-12) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
On The Bridge (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Held up in rear, sometimes jumped left, headway after 6th, 3rd and beaten when mistake 2 out, 5th of 10, 10l behind Jocheski (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Aug.
Normally 2-1fav (11-12) Tracked leader until after 2nd, ridden approaching 7th, weakened after 9th, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Backstreet Billy (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Colin's Desire 16-1 (9-12) Chased leader, mistake 2nd, lost 2nd next, went 2nd again 6th, hit 9th, lost 2nd before 11th, chased leaders, weakened hit 15th, poor 5th when blundered badly and almost unseated rider 3 out and pulled up, in a race won by Current Climate (10-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 6 ran.
Lupita (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, pushed along 10th, soon detatched, last of 4, 20l behind Magic Marmalade (11-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Arctic Flow 12-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway 10th, outpaced 4 out, went 3rd 2 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Huckleberry (9-11) at Chepstow 3m Conditional Handicap Chase (0-100) (5yo+) (5) sft.