What An Oscar won off a higher mark in 2012 but may be in need of a confidence-booster having not taken to fences. Premier Portrait is lightly-raced but recent efforts suggests he's a few pounds too high at present and Castletown, who is even less exposed, has been done no favours by the handicapper either and looks to have little chance of reversing Ffos Las running with RED DEVIL LADS on 4lb worse terms. Rebecca Curtis' novice is no world-beater but A P McCoy is back in the saddle of the winning pointer and he can open his account under Rules as Westaway is proving a big disappointment.
Castletown (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Mid-division on outside, closed 3rd, shaken up and no impression before 2 out, stayed on before last where mistake, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Arthur's Oak (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
What An Oscar (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leader when went left and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Roc D'apsis (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Dec, 8 ran.
Minella Definitely (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up mid-division, weakened before 5 out, 7th of 8, well behind The Panama Kid (11-5) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Kings Bayonet 13-8fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, ridden before last, one pace, 4th of 8, 10l behind Well Sharp (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May '12.
Red Devil Lads (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Led, blundered 1st, headed before 2 out, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 21l behind Copper Birch (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Premier Portrait (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, ridden and went 4th before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 12, 27l behind Tullyesker Hill (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Westaway (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, ridden before last, no extra, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Bob Tucker (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Torero 4-1 (11-2) Led to 1st, tracked leader, pushed along before 2 out, in 4th and one pace before last, 4th of 9, 11l behind Dubawi Island (11-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Bangkok Pete (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, led 3rd until 6th, chased leaders, weakened approaching 10th, tailed off before 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Virginia Ash (11-2) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Pilgreen (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Took keen hold, held up in rear, steady headway 4 out, chased leaders after next, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 8, 20l behind Loyaute (11-10) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) hvy in Feb.