KEALIGOLANE jumped superbly out in front when beating Vulcanite over course and distance two runs ago and again ran well when second to Bene Lad in a handicap at Ayr. Back in novice company, Barry Murtagh's grey can recapture the winning thread. Yurok needs to get back to the form he showed when winning at Wetherby in December but Grey Gold has to be interesting having only being beaten seven lengths when fourth to Tetlami at Huntingdon on his chasing bow. Spirit Of Adjisa was a Grade 1 winner over hurdles a couple of years ago and should also be noted, though this is his first run over the larger obstacles and he's been off the track since finishing tailed off on the Flat last September. Upsilon Bleu won over fences and hurdles in France but makes his UK debut today for Pauline Robson.
Kealigolane (IRE) 15-8fav (11-9) Led, pressed from 4 out, ridden before last, headed soon after, no extra, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Bene Lad (10-2) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
Upsilon Bleu (FR) (11-0) 6th of 15, 30l behind Uno De Thaix (10-10) at Angers(FR) 2m 3f 4yo chs gs in Dec.
Yurok (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) In touch, mistake 8th, went 3rd after 5 out, weakened 3 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 7, 50l behind Cloudy Too (11-11) at Haydock 2m 4f Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) hvy in Feb.
Coquet Head 40-1 (10-9) Mid-division, mistake 3 out, weakening when blundered last, 7th of 11, 21l behind Indian Castle (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Grey Gold (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, headway approaching 7th, ridden after 3 out, one pace flat, 4th of 7, 7l behind Tetlami (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) sft in Feb.
Peaks Of Fire (IRE) 11-4 (11-6) Held up in mid-division, hung left under pressure and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, 29l behind Stanley Bridge (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Spirit of Adjisa (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) In touch on inside, outpaced 3 out, soon lost place, weakened before next, tailed off, 14th of 19, well behind Swincombe Flame (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan '12.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Prominent in chasing group on outside, blundered and weakened 7th, mistake next, tailed off, last of 6, 24l behind Toubab (11-12) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd.