Rich Lord shaped as though he'd appreciate a slightly longer trip when second over 2m2f at Market Rasen last month but there still isn't any evidence that he'll stay this far and he may struggle to thwart southern raider BALLYOLIVER. He's made the long trek up from Herefordshire and is back over his winning trip having not run up to form over 3m at Huntingdon two weeks ago. Classical Mist was just beaten in a mares' race over a slightly shorter trip here last time while a case can also be made for Newcastle first and second, Tipsy Dara and Shadow Boxer, at the weights.
Rich Lord 7-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, went 4th 3 out, ridden before last, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 9l behind Lucky Landing (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Honest John 16-1 (11-0) Led, headed 4 out, ridden and weakend 3 out, last of 6, 21l behind Mic's Delight (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov chs (3) gs in Feb.
Ballyoliver 9-4fav (11-8) Held up, mistake 13th, headway next, not fluent 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 8, 18l behind Only Witness (11-6) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Classical Mist 7-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, soon in rear, headway before 2 out, chased winner before last, challenged run-in, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Brixen (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Feb.
Soul Bid (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, mistake 8th, soon struggling, never in contention, tailed off, 6th of 12, 43l behind Railway Dillon (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Feb.
Sir Tamburlane (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place and ridden 9th, well beaten after 12th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Railway Dillon (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Feb.
Tipsy Dara (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Prominent, pushed along before 5 out, went 3rd before last, one pace, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Beau Dandy (10-3) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Shadow Boxer 11-8fav (10-7) Towards rear, headway 8th, left 2nd at 8th, every chance last, no extra last 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Tipsy Dara (10-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.