LOOSE PREFORMER never recovered from a bad blunder at the first fence at Wetherby last time and was eventually pulled-up. He'd looked on the upgrade before that winning his first couple of starts over fences and can get back on track here. Mic's Delight had also made a good start to his chasing career when recording back to back wins over these fences but found life tough in a Listed chase a Cheltenham last time. He should go close, as should Baile Anrai back in this company after being upped into Graded class on his last couple of outings. Brunswick Gold and Kauto Relko have outside claims in a competitive contest.
Baile Anrai (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Mid-division, 9th and ridden 3 out, weakened next, 11th of 19, 38l behind Alfie Sherrin (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Court Red Handed (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, blundered 9th, outpaced after 4 out, weakened next, beaten when fell last, in a race won by Teaforthree (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gd in Mar, 19 ran.
Loose Preformer (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, blundered badly 1st and rider lost iron, launched at next, rider recovered iron, behind until pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Mac Aeda (11-2) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb, 11 ran.
Mic's Delight (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, never on terms, 12th of 20, 33l behind Hunt Ball (12-0) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) gd in Mar.
Noble Witness (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Mid-division, pushed along after 12th, soon weakened, pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Belmore Baron (10-10) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar, 10 ran.
Brunswick Gold (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 8th, led after 10th, not fluent 12th, mistake 3 out, joined last, headed flat, stayed on, 2nd of 9, nk behind Lackamon (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs (3) gs in Mar.
Kauto Relko (FR) 9-4fav (11-0) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, blundered badly 5th, hit 9th, headway 11th, went 2nd before 13th, led after 2 out, headed last, hung left on extended flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Storming Gale (11-0) at Bangor 3m beg chase (4) gd in Feb.