Royale Knight was third in a Grade 3 at Warwick before finishing in mid-division in the Eider at Newcastle. This is easier while Bally Sands, near the foot of the weights, has limitless stamina. Talkonthestreet has been a bit disappointing so far but this marathon trip could be the making of him and Stormhoek has won here over a shorter trip. SAIL AND RETURN has never won over fences but has scored twice over 3m3f here over hurdles and is nicely treated on those efforts. He will have needed his run at Doncaster last time and today's quicker surface is very much in his favour. Musical wedge looks the pick of the remainder ahead of Allerton and dubious stayer Lough Coi.
Royale Knight 9-1 (10-0) Rear division, headway before 6 out, weakened from 5 out, 7th of 16, 31l behind Wyck Hill (11-0) at Newcastle 4m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb.
Talkonthestreet (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Chased leaders on outside, mistake 2nd, not fluent 7th, every chance when went left 3 out, driven in 3rd and one pace after, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Theatrical Star (11-12) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Sail And Return 11-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, tailed off before 4 out, 10th of 12, well behind Ifyousayso (11-7) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Musical Wedge 16-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, not fluent 7th or 10th, went 2nd after 13th until next, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 7, 50l behind Flying Award (11-7) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy.
The Clyda Rover (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 7th, pushed along after 12th, tailed off 13th, pulled up, in a race won by Boyfromnowhere (10-12) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov, 10 ran.
Allerton (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up behind, effort after 3 out, kept on and no impression, 4th of 9, 11l behind Delphi Mountain (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Stormhoek (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Not fluent, close up, reminders 7th, jumped right at 11th, slow next, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Makethe Mostofnow (11-12) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.
Bally Sands (IRE) 7-2fav (10-4) In touch, not fluent 7th, chased winner 13th, no impression after 3 out, lost 2nd next, one pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 10, 17l behind Loughalder (10-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Lough Coi (IRE) 5-4fav (9-13) Mostly held up in 3rd, not fluent 3rd, outpaced before 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 11l behind Kentford Legend (11-9) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft.