Indian Groom took a while to find his bearings over 2m here last month but was making up ground hand over fist in the closing stages and was only a neck behind the odds-on Cadoudlas at the line. That suggests he'll benefit from this extra half-mile, though all of his hurdles form was over shorter. Lord Villez looks thoroughly exposed now but Chapolimoss was in touch when falling over a longer trip on his chasing bow at Catterick and has scope for improvement. MISTER MARKER attracted significant market support in a handicap at Newcastle last time, however, and would have almost certainly won had he not blundered and unseated Fearghal Davis three out. He obviously has ability and is taken to get off the mark over fences today.
Chapolimoss (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, fell 11th, in a race won by Wolf Moon (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f beg chase (4) gs in Feb, 7 ran.
Indian Groom (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders and keen, outpaced after 5th, ridden and headway after 3 out, hard ridden and every chance run-in, soon hung left, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Cadoudalas (11-8) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) hvy in Feb.
Lord Villez (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, blundered 2nd, reminder after 8th, weakened from 11th, left remote 3rd and blundered last, 3rd of 10, 25l behind The Knoxs (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Feb.
Mister Marker (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Held up in rear, reminder approaching 5th, went 3rd approaching 10th, led 5 out, about 2 lengths up when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Wild Cane Ridge (11-12) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Pan Pan (FR) 100-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, reminders and lost place 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Glencree (11-6) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr '09.
Amulree 28-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, hit 2nd, weakening when hit 10th, hampered 6 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Identity Parade (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) hvy in Feb.