It's impossible to have much faith in Fishoutofwater at present but Qualviro was only beaten half-a-length over this trip at Exeter last month and Lady Karinga only found Mistree Dancer too good at Hereford 10 days ago, though did have a hard race. BOUNDS AND LEAPS rather lost her way after winning at Chepstow just over a year ago but may be the type best caught fresh and she was backed to beat better opposition on a couple of occasions last season. Michael Scudamore's mare is taken to rediscover her best and land this as Captain Scarlett looks far from invincible off this mark and Numbercruncher went backwards again here last time.
Fishoutofwater (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Mistakes, in rear, reminders first, headway next, in touch, went 3rd 7th, ridden 14th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, pulled up last, in a race won by Loch Ba (11-5) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs, 9 ran.
Qualviro (FR) 13-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, outpaced before 12th, headway before 4 out, chased winner before 2 out, chance when blundered last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Bennys Mist (11-5) at Exeter 3m Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) hvy in Oct.
Captain Scarlett (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Towards rear, mistake 4th, weakened before 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Very Stylish (11-4) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 10 ran.
Bounds And Leaps 4-1fav (11-8) Towards rear, headway before and pecked badly 11th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Massini Sunset (10-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 11 ran.
Numbercruncher (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 4 out, weakened from 2 out, 3rd of 5, 27l behind Makethe Mostofnow (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nov chs (4) sft in Oct.
Lady Karinga 15-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders, left 2nd when hampered 10th, ridden after 4 out, no impression on winner before last, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Misstree Dancer (11-4) at Hereford 2m 5f Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gs.
Tornant (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) In rear, tailed off 7th, pulled up after 9th, in a race won by Balbriggan (11-3) at Bangor 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Oct, 15 ran.