FREDDIES RETURN will take the beating with a clear round. He scored in a similar race at Huntingdon last month with Gentle George way behind in fourth and can go in again. Horsham Lad has won a couple of these events and has been in good form in point-to-points of late, winning two of his last three starts, while West Cork Flash has previous form in Ireland that gives him a chance and he, too, has been winning between the flags recently. The remaining pair are harder to fancy and may struggle again.
Horsham Lad (IRE) 2-7 (11-0) Held up; rap hdwy 10; led 14; clr 3 out; easy, won at Thorpe Lodge 3m ptp gs in Feb beating Reelwill (10-7) by 8l, 5 ran.
Freddies Return (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Always prominent, jumped left and bumped rival 1st, jumped left 7th, went 2nd 12th, soon left in lead, pressed 2 out, stayed on well and in command from last, won at Huntingdon 3m hts chs (6) sft in Feb beating Rathcor (11-5) by 5l, 7 ran.
Gershwinner (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Ran in snatches, chased leader until after 3rd, chased leaders, reminder before 8th, lost place after 10th, struggling in 5th and no chance when mistake 4 out, 5th of 6, 37l behind Benedictus (11-7) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (5) sft in Feb.
Cluthe Boy (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Shared lead, headed before 4 out, weakened next, 9th of 10, 31l behind Robin Will (12-3) at Leicester 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Gentle George 5-2 (11-9) Led until 2nd, led 8th, hung left and headed after 12th, ridden 14th, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 7, 31l behind Freddies Return (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
West Cork Flash (IRE) 11-10 (11-0) Held up; hdwy 13; chall 2 out; no ex app last, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Rear Gunner (11-7) at South East Hunts Club 3m ptp gd in Feb.