THE FRIARY is arguably unlucky not to be off the mark over fences. He's made the frame on four occasions now including a third at Carlisle last month and won't get many better opportunities than this. Moyode Wood was pulled-up last time but had gone close on faster ground at Cartmel earlier while Capital Venture makes his chasing bow having won over timber at Kelso. Lukey Luke won one of these events over track and trip when Stagecoach Jasper fell, but both have ran below par since.
The Friary (IRE) 7-2fav (10-10) In touch in 5th, challenged when blundered 4 out, kept on from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Carrigdhoun (11-5) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct.
Moyode Wood 7-2fav (10-10) In rear, weakened from 13th, tailed off, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Carrigdhoun (11-5) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct, 7 ran.
Stagecoach Jasper 9-2 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 7 out, blundered when weakening 4 out, 8th of 14, well behind Hollow Blue Sky (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Darlington County 28-1 (10-12) Towards rear, pushed along 4 out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, well behind Three Kingdoms (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Capital Venture (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, led 3 out, pressed from 2 out, kept on gamely under pressure run-in, won at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct beating Top Billing (10-9) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Lukey Luke 7-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway 6 out, weakened 5 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Whiskey Ridge (9-13) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in May, 10 ran.
Notonebuttwo (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway and in touch 5th, outpaced before 3 out, no impression from next, finished 10th placed 9th, 9th of 14, 23l behind Mrs Eff (11-2) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.