Arbeo's win at Newbury in December has worked out well and he followed up at Huntingdon. He's 10lb higher than his latest success, however, and seems better over 3m. BALLYALLIA MAN has been running at Wincanton this winter so will have to accustom himself to strange surroundings but he has the form in the book to suggest he can defy top weight here as this is his trip. Oscar Davy hasn't really taken to fences and Brunswick Gold also has a bit to prove while Inthejungle is raised in class and has never won anywhere but Plumpton since arriving in this country.
Ballyallia Man (IRE) 13-8fav (11-8) Pressed leader, led after 4th, ridden and headed before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Politeo (10-8) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.
Arbeo (IRE) 5-2fav (10-11) Led until 2nd, prominent, led 10th, headed 15th, led before 2 out, headed last, bumped into leader close home, led last strides, won at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Feb beating Ballypatrick (11-5) by shd, 12 ran.
Brunswick Gold (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, no impression on leaders last, weakened flat, 6th of 11, 22l behind Handtheprizeover (9-8) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Oscar Davy (IRE) 4-1fav (11-11) Held up in rear, some headway 12th, stayed on approaching 2 out, went 3rd flat and one pace flat, no impression, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Denali Highway (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Inthejungle (IRE) 2-1 (11-8) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 9th, led 3 out, pushed clear before next, pecked last, driven out, won at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec beating Ballyman (10-6) by 6l, 4 ran.