ORNAIS made a satisfactory reappearance when fifth over a longer trip at Wincanton last month. That should have blown away a few cobwebs and this formerly decent nine-year-old can return to winning ways here getting 8lb from It's Like That, who hasn't raced since winning on fast ground at Worcester last May. Joaaci probably isn't the force of old but Overlut is a decent performer in this type of race and Fort View is also worth a second look. Polly Gundry's charge was third in a decent contest between the flags at Charing last time and has already won over regulation fences.
Darkness 16-1 (10-9) In touch, pushed along 19th, soon weakened, 13th of 40, 50l behind Mon Mome (11-0) at Aintree 4m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr '09.
It's Like That (IRE) 10-11fav (12-0) Held up well in rear, headway to go 4th 14th, gradually closed from 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, stayed on under well judged ride to lead towards finish, won at Worcester 2m 7f hts chs (6) gf in May beating Nobody Tells Me (11-5) by nk, 8 ran.
Lisadell King (IRE) 9-2 (12-1) Held up in mid-division, lost place 13th, behind when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Oca De Thaix (11-3) at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) gd in Feb, 12 ran.
Mandingo Chief (IRE) 66-1 (11-13) Pressed leader until mistake 12th, weakened 15th, hit 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Cork All Star (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m hts chs (6) gs in Feb, 7 ran.
Fort View (IRE) 7-4 (12-7) Cl up; eff 4 out; kpt on one pce, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Freddies Return (12-7) at Charing 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Joaaci (IRE) 7-1 (12-7) Went 3rd 15; fdd bet last 2, 5th of 12, 26l behind Southwestern (12-7) at Buckfastleigh 3m ptp gd in Feb.
Overlut (FR) 4-7 (12-7) Made all; ro wl, won at Pentreclwydau 3m ptp gd in May beating Misamon (12-7) by 4l, 6 ran.
Back To Bid (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) (tt) eff app 14; one-pcd 3 out, 4th of 19, 18l behind My Flora (11-7) at Whitwick Manor 3m ptp gs in Feb.
Earth Moving (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) In rear when hit 8th, tailed off and pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Just Amazing (12-8) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (5) sft in Feb, 14 ran.
Ornais (FR) 11-4 (11-12) Towards rear, ridden and stayed on from 4 out, plugged on flat, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 15, 11l behind Turthen (12-6) at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Sovereign King 9-2fav (11-9) Held up towards rear, mistake and reminders after 2nd, hit next, reminders approaching 8th, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 29l behind Salut Flo (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar '10.