It's difficult to make a case for either The Black Lion or Peak Seasons here racing from out of the handicap while Oranger didn't beat much at Ludlow and is 6lb higher, though his amateur rider claims 7lb. It's a long time since Pamak D'airy was in the winner's enclosure but he's started to knock on the door again lately and makes more appeal than Topaze Collonges, who appears to have lost his way. ROC DE GUYE has been waiting for better ground and, with Timmy Murphy back on board for the first time since he won at Stratford in October, James Evans' eight-year-old can resume winning ways.
Topaze Collonges (FR) 11-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Speedy Bruere (11-7) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb, 10 ran.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 9th, chased new leader and every chance last, stayed on same pace in 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 1l behind No Way Hozay (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Oranger (FR) 12-1 (9-7) Prominent, challenged 8th, led 2 out, edged right before last and flat, ridden out, won at Ludlow 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Feb beating Bobby Dove (10-2) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Roc De Guye (FR) 5-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, weakened under pressure after 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, 46l behind Rouge Et Blanc (11-9) at Folkestone 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec.
The Black Lion (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) In touch, outpaced 4 out, headway 2 out, left in 3rd and hampered after last, stayed on well, 3rd of 5, 7l behind The Fox's Decree (10-9) at Catterick 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Peak Seasons (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Chased winner until before 9th, chased leading pair until 12th, outpaced after 3 out, 4th of 8, 20l behind Ancient Times (9-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.