The merit of Ballypatrick's win at Fakenham is open to debate but he's by no means badly handicapped here. The mare Violin Davis has rattled up a hat-trick over the larger obstacles but this is her toughest task to date while Prince Tom and Midnight sail were both pulled up last time and have a bit to prove now. Richard's Sundance will ensure this is run at a good gallop while Fine Parchment also likes to race up with the pace as does Sarando, who has been lightly-raced over fences recently. TIME FOR SPRING has been waiting for the better ground and was just beaten off a similar mark over course and distance last season as well as running well at the Cheltenham Festival. He could be worth an interest in this if Noel Fehily can deliver him late. Qianshan Leader hasn't been seen since pulling up on his reappearance in October but has the past form to figure and Palace Jester still has time on his side and is preferred to the veteran Holmwood Legend and Nataani, now visored, of the others.
Prince Tom 6-1fav (11-3) Prominent, mistake 14th, lost place and ridden next, well beaten when hit 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Balthazar King (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gs in Oct, 19 ran.
As De Fer (FR) 7-2 (11-5) Held up, headway approaching 4th, challenged 7th, led next, hedaed 9th, blundered 11th, weakened before 5 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 49l behind Kilcrea Asla (9-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Mar.
Holmwood Legend 14-1 (10-12) Led until 6th, weakened approaching 2 out, hit last, 3rd of 8, 43l behind Minellahalfcentury (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Midnight Sail 12-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, jumped right 2nd and 3rd, not fluent 8th, ridden after 5 out, lost place next, pulled up after, in a race won by Pacha Du Polder (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar, 11 ran.
Violin Davis (FR) 1-3fav (11-10) Tracked leader, led approaching when not fluent 8th, drew clear after 3 out, unextended, won at Plumpton 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) gs in Feb beating Annimation (10-9) by 19l, 5 ran.
Richard's Sundance (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) In touch, outpaced 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened flat, 9th of 24, 32l behind Same Difference (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+) (2) gs in Mar.
Nataani (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, driven after 4 out, some late headway, never any chance, 10th of 20, 23l behind Rajdhani Express (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) sft in Mar.
Sarando 9-1 (11-11) Led, not fluent 3 out, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Fourovakind (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Qianshan Leader (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, ridden after 12th, lost place when not fluent next, behind 15th, pulled up after, in a race won by Balthazar King (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gs in Oct, 19 ran.
Time For Spring (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind City Press (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Ballypatrick (IRE) 10-11fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 11th, joined 4 out, ridden clear from 2 out, blundered last, comfortably, won at Fakenham 3m beg chase (4) gs in Feb beating Buck's Bond (11-0) by 13l, 6 ran.
Song Sung Blue (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Jumped left and slowly at times, chased leaders, ridden after 10th, lost touch from next, 4th of 5, 37l behind Frontier Spirit (11-12) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
Inside Dealer (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, reminder 5th, dropped to rear and pushed along from next, tailed off when pulled up before 9th, in a race won by No Secrets (11-4) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Fine Parchment (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Led, ridden and headed 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 4th of 5, 30l behind That's The Deal (9-12) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Palace Jester 3-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent 11th, headed approaching 3 out, soon beaten, mistake at fence, well held after, 2nd of 4, 28l behind Danimix (11-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Mar.