An interesting little heat in which DUSHY VALLEY is taken to follow-up a recent C&D success when outpointing Beware Chalk Pit by 9l. He still looks fairly treated off a mark of 76 and it's almost certain that the move to more aggressive tactics last time will be repeated here. Hopefully, they can produce the same outcome. Pacha D'Oudairies is becoming a really consistent and likable sort and made a pleasing return to action at Warwick this month when a strong second to Dunkelly Castle over this trip. He could well be good enough but does have to concede 24lb to the Henderson charge, which may just prove beyond him. Ballinhassig is far from ruled out and is almost certainly the most progressive of the quartet but an absence since mid-February is something of a concern on this occasion.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, with leader 5th, led 10th, ridden before 4 out, headed before 2 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Dunkelly Castle (11-4) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.
Ballinhassig (IRE) 11-4fav (9-9) Led until 3rd, chased leader until before 4 out, went 2nd again next, upsides 2 out, disputing lead when blundered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Flying Award (11-1) at Plumpton 3m 2f 5yo Am hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Feb, 9 ran.
Dushy Valley (IRE) 13-2 (9-13) Led until before 2nd, reminder after next, led 4th, clear when not fluent 2 out, stayed on well, won at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft beating Beware Chalk Pit (11-12) by 9l, 7 ran.
Laughing Game 4-1 (10-6) Led approaching 2nd until next, lost place before 5th, soon behind, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Catch The Rascal (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Jun.