RICHARD'S SUNDANCE is difficult to oppose in this. Vic Dartnall's charge is rated much higher than the rest of these and went close to catching Shy John in a similar event at Wincanton last month. Radetsky March won last year's renewal when beating Man From Moscow five lengths but has failed to complete his last four outings and Behind The Scenes makes more appeal. The latter has gone close on his last couple of starts at Folkestone and is also preferred to Arkendale.
Radetsky March (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Mid-division, weakened from 5 out, pulled up, in a race won by Ockey De Neulliac (11-12) at Haydock 3m 1f hts chs (3) hvy, 13 ran.
Richard's Sundance (IRE) 4-1 (11-13) Led until 11th, led again 13th, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on as winner idled flat, always held, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Shy John (11-5) at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) sft in Jan.
Adept Approach (IRE) 6-1 (12-7) Ap; sust chall 3 out; ev ch last; one pce, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Certain Flight (12-4) at South Dorset 3m ptp gs.
Arkendale (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Bhnd til rdr lost irons & pu 4, in a race won by Stratford Stroller (12-0) at Larkhill 3m ptp, 7 ran.
Behind The Scenes (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Led to 14; 2nd when ur 3 out, in a race won by Cork Twenty Ten (12-0) at West Street Tickham 3m ptp in Feb '13, 9 ran.
Man From Moscow 8-1 (12-0) A bhnd; to & pu 14, in a race won by Edgar Henry (12-0) at Vine & Craven 3m ptp sft, 13 ran.