Another tough looking contest for punters to unravel. Bold Ransom went up 9lb for landing a strong Haydock handicap but couldn't cope with Grade 2 company in the Peter Marsh there later. Do It For Dalkey is a real course specialist and completed a double in the autumn before a superb effort behind Deep Purple at Sandown. The 14-year-old Victory Gunner is amazingly on his highest mark since 2007 after his 13th success at Ffos Las on Boxing Day but My Boy Paddy blundered his way round Newbury in December on his debut over regulation fences. OVERLADY was once regarded as a bright prospect and beat Bold Ransom over the C&D three years ago. She lost her way but bounced back for her new trainer at Ayr and still looks well treated despite a 9lb rise.
Bold Ransom (IRE) 4-1fav (10-4) Mid-division in touch, reminders 12th, soon struggling, behind from 5 out, tailed off when fell heavily next, in a race won by According To Pete (11-2) at Haydock 3m hcp chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Do It For Dalkey 10-3fav (10-0) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 10th, effort 3 out, challenged next, ridden and stayed on to chase winner flat, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Deep Purple (11-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Dec.
Victory Gunner (IRE) 10-3 (9-13) Chased leader until dropped to 3rd at 6th, went 2nd again before 10th, led approaching 4 out, jumped right from 4 out, 3 lengths ahead and ridden last, last, drew away again flat (no time taken), won at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec beating Swing Bill (11-9) by 5l, 4 ran.
Kellystown Lad (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 7th, soon reminders, tailed off when pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Qianshan Leader (10-2) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Dec, 13 ran.
Shaking Hands (IRE) 10-3fav (11-6) Led, hit and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Posh Bird (10-3) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jan, 12 ran.
Heez A Steel (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place before 16th, blundered and unseated 4 out, in a race won by Posh Bird (10-3) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jan, 12 ran.
Beamazed 7-2 (11-12) Keen prominent, chased winner 8th until 14th, weakening in 3rd when mistake and fell 16th, in a race won by Wide Receiver (11-2) at Market Rasen 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
My Boy Paddy (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Held up in rear, blundered 1st, 7th and 12th, well behind after 13th, tailed off approaching 4 out and soon pulled up, in a race won by Penny Max (11-3) at Newbury 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec, 10 ran.
Dove Hill (IRE) 40-1 (9-11) Held up, mistake 2nd, not fluent 8th, mistake 10th, soon behind, last of 11, 40l behind Everaard (10-0) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs.
Vamizi (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th, hit 6th and dropped to last, mistake 17th, closed before 4 out, soon weakened, jumped left 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Bold Ransom (10-7) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Horsham Lad (IRE) 15-8fav (10-11) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, challenged next, blundered 2 out, ridden and in 3rd when mistake and jumped left last, no extra, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Mohayer (11-7) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Sandofthecolosseum (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Prominent, led 7th until next, mistake 5 out, 4th and well beaten from next, 4th of 10, 39l behind Penny Max (11-3) at Newbury 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Overlady 15-2 (10-8) Held up in touch, tracked leader before 7th, led before 5 out, kept on well from last, won at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan beating Rossini's Dancer (10-12) by 8l, 10 ran.
Royal Mackintosh 4-1fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden before 5 out, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 10, 32l behind Overlady (10-8) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.