Irish Chaperone was well backed for his debut over 1m6f here and only just failed to catch Julia Too. He stayed on well in the closing stages so today's extra distance should suit and he looks sure to figure. However, DREAMERS OF DREAMS also shaped with plenty of promise when third on his debut behind Hildisvini at Warwick. The form is working out well with the winner having gone in again and Malcolm Jefferson's gelding gets the vote. Vintage Star disappointed here last time but had gone close on his debut, while Ardkilly Gunner and Boruler are both worth noting in the betting.
Ardkilly Gunner (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Ww rr, prog 6out, disp 4out, ld 3out until hdd bef last, so to ld again over 50 yards out, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec beating Mountainous (12-0) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Boruler (IRE) Brian Boru gelding out of Lulus Ride.
Dreamers Of Dreams (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 8f out, pushed along 5f out, not much room well over 1f out, soon edged left, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 5l behind Hildisvini (10-12) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Grand Vintage (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Front rank, keen hold, led 7f out, headed 4f out, weakened, 4th of 14, 26l behind Tricksofthetrade (11-3) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Master Act (IRE) 18-1 (10-13) Took keen hold, tracked winner until over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 10, 25l behind Dark Glacier (11-9) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Not Now Later 100-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, weakened before halfway, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Dark Glacier (11-11) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Rupert Bear 200-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, weakened before 6f out, 12th of 16, well behind Dark Glacier (11-11) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
The Giggler (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 20l behind Broadbackbob (10-12) at Catterick 2m cond & am NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Vintage Star (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Tracked leader, chased winner over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 23l behind Richie Rob (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Maiden (4-6yo) (6) hvy in Feb.
Bonnie Baloo 4-5 (11-5) To 8; pu 11, in a race won by Admiral Savannah (12-5) at Duncombe Park 3m ptp sft in Feb, 7 ran.
Irish Chaperone (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out to chase leaders, ridden to lead narrowly final 110 yards, no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Julia Too (10-5) at Carlisle 1m 6f 4yo nhf (6) hvy in Feb.
Chestnut Kate (IRE) Le Vie Dei Colori filly out of Evidence.