MR MOLE is a quirky individual and fell on his latest start in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham but is in an entirely different league to his four rivals in this if on his best behaviour. Dream Lucky and Fuse Wire are both tackling fences for the first time but winning hurdler Lady Bridget should have learned from her run at Exeter and may be the one for forecast-backers ahead of ex-pointer Master Mariner.
Mr Mole (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 3 out, chased leaders under pressure next, soon ridden, no impression in 8th when fell last, in a race won by Savello (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar, 23 ran.
Dream Lucky 40-1 (10-4) Fell 1st, in a race won by Withy Mills (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar, 15 ran.
Fuse Wire 16-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway chasing leaders 4 out, every chance 2 out, ridden between last 2, no extra in 4th before last, 4th of 15, 7l behind On The Record (11-6) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Master Mariner (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Ld/disp early, wo 2nd, jnd 7th, 1l clr 7out, jnd 4out, wo again 3out, jnd & hdd 2out, 1l down last, kow, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Mine Now (11-6) at Borris House 3m ire ptp gd in Mar.
Lady Bridget 25-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, lost place 5th, pushed along before 8th, still in touch 14th, no extra 4 out, 6th of 7, 39l behind Freckle Face (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (3) gd in Mar.