NIGHT IN MILAN scored over hurdles at this track before going close in a chase at Newcastle last time off today's mark. Keith Reveley's charge looks to have a good opportunity to open his account over fences here. King Jack arrives on the back of a frustrating run of seconds in similar company and Cock Of The Rock makes his chasing bow after a string of placed efforts over timber. Cottage Acre won a chase at this time last year but has failed to complete his last two starts and Sum Laff's woeful form continued when pulled-up at Leicester last time.
Cottage Acre (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Chased leader until dropped to 3rd and hit 7th, went 2nd again 9th until 11th, soon ridden along in 3rd, lost 3rd before 4 out, 4th and under pressure when mistake and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by French Ties (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd, 9 ran.
Cock Of The Rock (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Led until blundered and headed 7th, lost place soon after, left modest 5th 4 out, stayed on well flat, went 2nd close home, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 8, 15l behind Oscar Davy (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Night In Milan (IRE) 5-2fav (11-10) In rear, headway 11th, with leaders 12th on outer, challenged 4 out, every chance 2 out, kept on, just held on for 2nd place, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Harris Hawk (10-3) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
King Jack 7-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, led 4 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra flat, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Only Witness (11-6) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Sum Laff (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up, struggling 6th, soon lost touch, tailed off 9th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Carabinier (11-8) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Feb, 12 ran.