Knock A Hand won off today's mark at Carlisle in December but has disappointed in a couple of subsequent starts. Definite Memories failed to cope with Baby Shine at Newbury last month but had rattled up a hat-trick including a win on his chasing bow at Uttoxeter before that. Venetia Williams has a few on today's card with decent claims and RENARD D 'IRLANDE is one of them. He finished a creditable third to Indian Castle in a tougher chase at Cheltenham last month and looks sure to make a bold bid racing off the same mark in this. Titchwood is another with a chance if forgiven a below par effort at Ffos Las in December.
Knock A Hand (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Led, headed before 8th, lost place from 5 out, 3rd of 4, 40l behind Taquin Du Seuil (11-7) at Haydock 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Definite Memories (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Led until narrowly headed 8th, led again 11th until next, pushed along stayed challenging and every chance 4 out until held and mistake next, soon no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 3, 24l behind Baby Shine (11-4) at Newbury 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Jan.
Renard D'irlande (FR) 6-1 (10-9) Tracked clear pair, close up 7th, effort 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression with front pair flat, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Indian Castle (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) hvy in Jan.
Titchwood (IRE) 7-2fav (11-11) Held up in touch, headway 11th, driven when not fluent and rider lost iron briefly 3 out (usual 4 out), ridden to chase leading pair before 2 out, soon no impression, lost moderate 3rd near finish, 4th of 7, 24l behind Relax (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Tullyraine (IRE) 9-2fav (11-7) Led until 3rd, chased leader, led again 4th until 7th, lost 2nd after 8th, stayed chasing leaders, weakened before 14th, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Restless Harry (11-5) at Newbury 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.