BALLY LAGAN rather downed tools when caught by today's rival Tinelyra and On The Case over course and distance 10 days ago but must have every chance of turning the tables on the winner on slightly better terms and is probably the one to beat. Croco Mister is eased in grade and looks a threat if handling the drop in distance but Moscow Mule and Chicago Alley are in the veteran stage now and none of the others have much to offer on recent evidence.
Minellaforlunch (IRE) 3-1fav (11-7) Led until 9th, chased winner until ridden before 2 out, soon one pace and no impression, no extra in 4th before last, 4th of 9, 5l behind Free World (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Tinelyra (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, slightly hampered 4th, closed after next, not fluent 7th, mistake 3 out, switched left and closed before last, led flat, driven out, won at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd beating On The Case (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Moscow Mule 100-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, ridden and lost place over 3f out, last of 14, 40l behind Caulfields Venture (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Croco Mister (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, stayed on approaching 2 out, went 4th last, never on terms, 4th of 12, 22l behind Riddlestown (11-3) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Bally Lagan (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, closed 6th, challenged 4 out, not fluent when every chance last, soon carried left, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Tinelyra (11-0) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Chicago Alley 16-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, chased leaders halfway, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Pamak D'airy (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Grand Article (IRE) 12-1 (10-1) Led until 2nd, prominent until ridden and lost place before 3 out, 9th of 11, 39l behind Take The Crown (10-12) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Mr Robinson (FR) 7-2 (10-7) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, not fluent 8th, went 3rd 12th, ridden before 3 out, weakening when hit 2 out, last of 4, 11l behind Tom Bach (10-0) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Oct.
Gainsborough's Art (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Behind, struggling after 5th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Bob's Legend (11-1) at Stratford 2m 3f sell hdl (5) gs in Mar, 12 ran.