FRESH AIR AND FUN may be able to make a welcome return to form and get the better of Meanus Dandy and Appleaday. The selection hasn't raced with an awful lot of zest this season but that has seen his mark slip to a level where he's now just rated 1lb higher than when winning this race twelve months ago. He did come into last year's contest in better form so a fair bit has to be taken on trust but he'll be priced accordingly and is worth chancing. Meanus Dandy has yet to translate his promise between the flags to his performances under Rules but it would be no surprise to see him fare better now handicapping whilst Appleaday is now 1lb lower than when winning over course and distance just over a year ago on his sole visit to the track. Bowleaze is a former winner of this race, Or Jaune is another slipping down the weights, Minella Theatre has less on his plate than when tackling Long Run in the Feltham whilst Dead Or Alive represents a respected combination. There aren't many that boast solid profiles in this race so a market check is advised but Fresh Air And Fun is the suggestion.
Minella Theatre (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Always in rear, mistake 12th, soon tailed off, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Long Run (11-0) at Kempton 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec, 7 ran.
Dead Or Alive (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 12, 26l behind De Soto (11-2) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Aug.
Stolen Moments (FR) 4-1 (11-11) Mid-division, weakened 13th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Ballyfoy (11-12) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.
Bowleaze (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, chased leaders before 3 out, weakened approaching next, 7th of 9, 19l behind Wind Instrument (11-0) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Or Jaune (FR) 16-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, went left 18th, weakened soon after 3 out, 6th of 13, 14l behind Monkerhostin (11-5) at Sandown 3m hcp chs (2) gs in Feb.
Appleaday (IRE) 15-8fav (11-7) Held up, headway 17th, chased leaders after 3 out, soon no impression and left poor 4th next, 4th of 6, 25l behind Knighton Combe (11-6) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Meanus Dandy (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up, hit 8th, headway approaching 4 out, weakened quickly after 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Richard's Sundance (11-0) at Exeter 3m beg chs (4) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Misty Dancer 14-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 10th, ridden approaching 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 9, 13l behind Noakarad De Verzee (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs.
Fresh Air And Fun (IRE) 17-2 (10-10) Chased leader, challenged from 8th, led before 10th, blundered and headed 13th, stayed close up, blundered 17th, poor 3rd when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Buck Mulligan (10-8) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Ballygulleen (IRE) 3-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 7th, led approaching 3 out, ridden after 2 out, hung right and headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Fine Parchment (11-4) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.