It's about time TWICE LUCKY was finding his way back to the winner's enclosure. He may have just got outstayed by The Panama Kid over 3m2f at Catterick last month but this is a weaker contest and he'll have no excuses today. Tears From Heaven might need more time after a lengthy injury lay-off while Quinder Spring and Call Me Mulligan appear on the downgrade. Recent Thurles third Gibbstown may be the danger, therefore, though has yet to win under Rules.
Quinder Spring (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Bumped 1st, mid-division, outpaced 13th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Presented (11-9) at Newcastle 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Call Me Mulligan (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Led until 4th, not fluent 8th, reminder after 16th, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 8, 14l behind Great Ocean Road (9-9) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Silver Steel (FR) 11-4 (11-12) Tracked winner, blundered 5 out, weakened before next, pulled up before 3 out, tailed off, in a race won by Lajidaal (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Jun, 7 ran.
Twice Lucky 5-4fav (9-10) In touch, went 3rd approaching 8th, led after 11th, hard driven when challenged 3 out, headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind The Panama Kid (11-11) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Tears From Heaven (USA) 8-1 (9-11) Mid-division, driven 9th, soon struggling, kept on same pace under pressure from 2 out, never near leaders, 5th of 10, 29l behind Stitched In Time (10-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Gibbstown (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders in 5th, pushed along in 4th 4 out and soon no impression on winner, moderate 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 18, 13l behind Carrigeen Kariega (10-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy.
Oh Right (IRE) 11-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, mistake 4th, detatched 6th, soon beaten, moderate 4th, 4th of 8, well behind Pudsey House (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
The Shrimp (IRE) 18-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, reminders 13th, soon lost place, behind when pulled up before 15th, in a race won by Matmata de Tendron (10-6) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov, 9 ran.