Super Ally wasn't beaten far off today's mark over track and trip in the autumn. He shouldn't be ignored, despite a fall at Ayr last month. Rebel Swing beat today's rival Vamizi over a slightly shorter trip here in October and is better off at the weights now while Acrai Rua has the past form to figure and is preferred to Lord Villez and Runswick Relax at the weights. But ETXALAR should take all the beating now he's back on song. Lucinda Russell's gelding is still well-weighted, despite a comfortable defeat of Bounds And Leaps over course and distance last month. The runner-up has franked the form since.
Lord Villez (FR) 50-1 (9-7) In rear, hampered 3rd, mistakes 9th and 11th, struggling and no chance when blundered and unseated rider 14th, in a race won by Quentin Collonges (10-0) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Vamizi (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 7, 13l behind Dusky Bob (10-10) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
Etxalar (FR) 6-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway before 12th, went 3rd before 4 out, led before 3 out, clear before last, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar beating Bounds And Leaps (11-8) by 7l, 13 ran.
Super Ally (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) In touch when fell 6th, in a race won by Do It For Dalkey (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar, 10 ran.
Acrai Rua (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, led 3rd, jumped right and headed 12th, led when mistake 13th, headed after next, led again before 4 out, headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 15, well behind Alderluck (11-5) at Bangor 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Rebel Swing 13-2 (10-13) Reminders soon after start, not fluent 1st, chased leaders on outside, driven and lost place before 4 out, jumped right and kept on under pressure from next, no impression, 5th of 8, 10l behind Dermatologiste (10-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Runswick Relax 11-2 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden before 4 out, plugged on to take 3rd from last until run-in, one pace, 4th of 8, 19l behind Papamoa (11-7) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.