Arc Warrior has suddenly found his feet and was a wide-margin winner at Wetherby a month ago. But he may not have beaten SNUKER at Ayr earlier had James Ewart's charge stayed on his feet. The latter is a massive 22lb better off here and must be fancied to take his revenge with a clear round. He is also preferred to Mansonien L'As, though he has improved for the switch to the McCain yard and went close off his new mark at Towcester last month. Bennys Well will do well to get competitive from 12lb out of the handicap and Rapidolyte De Ladalka and Gwladys Street arrive out of form.
Rapidolyte De Ladalka (FR) 20-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Railway Dillon (11-6) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Gwladys Street (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Prominent, led after 5th, headed before 10th, mistake next, behind from 5 out, 7th of 9, 45l behind Arc Warrior (10-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Arc Warrior (FR) 12-1 (10-0) Held up behind in touch, smooth headway after 5 out, led 2 out, clear last, ridden out flat, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Jan beating Basford Ben (10-11) by 11l, 9 ran.
Mansonien L'as (FR) 11-8fav (11-8) Held up in rear, reminder after 6th, headway 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Smart Exit (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Snuker 5-2fav (11-12) Led, blundered 7th, headed 9th, close up when fell next, in a race won by Arc Warrior (10-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.
Bennys Well (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Close up, ridden before 4 out, led 7th, headed 12th, led 3 out, not fluent 2 out, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Over And Above (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.