It's entirely possible that Market Option and the five-year-old Daliance will show improvement now their attentions are switched to fences. Winning hurdler Marju King is a possibility while Marleno was second over a shorter trip here 12 days ago. He was beaten 20 lengths but the winner has gone in again since. SURE THING has been waiting for the better ground and can make a make a winning return to action. He was in good form last spring over hurdles and this is a natural progression.
Ballincurrig (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders and wide, in 5th before 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 48l behind Umberto D'olivate (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Sure Thing (FR) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leader, led 4 out, headed 2 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Detroit Red (10-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Market Option (IRE) 7-2fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, not much room 5th, pushed along and lost place before next, well beaten approaching 3 out, 5th of 10, 24l behind Still Believing (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Daliance (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 4th, in rear and reminders before 5 out, rallied from 2 out, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Yes Daddy (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Marju King (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Mid-division on inside, headway over 6f out, ridden in 2nd over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 17l behind Domtaline (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Marleno (GER) 12-1 (10-12) Held up, not much room 1st, headway after 3rd, hampered 4 out, went 2nd before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 20l behind Sonofagun (11-6) at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
What A Good Night (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) In rear, ridden before 5 out, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Last Bridge (10-8) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Tinelyra (IRE) 5-2fav (10-11) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, not fluent next, well beaten after 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Fitandproperjob (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4f cond hcp chs (5) sft in Jan, 9 ran.
Oscar Rainbow 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, beaten well fell 3 out, in a race won by Take The Crown (10-4) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 16 ran.
One For The Boss (IRE) 15-8fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 10th, stayed on same pace from 2 out, lost 2nd last, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Russe Blanc (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.