It's taking a while for LAMB OR COD to get the hang of jumping fences and he did himself no favours when fancied at Uttoxeter last month. A pair of blinkers could help him concentrate, however, and he certainly has the ability to win a race like this off his current mark if getting his act together. Ifyousayso was only beaten a neck at Newbury when bidding for a hat-trick but has gone up a further 5lb while Sixty Something and Barlow have more to do than in recent respective wins at Bangor and Chepstow. Whistling Senator and The Potting Shed have an absence to overcome but Speed Master ran well at Ludlow after scoring at Warwick and is still heading in the right direction.
Ifyousayso (IRE) 3-1fav (11-8) Led, pecked slightly 13th, joined 3 out, headed flat, edged right, stayed on, held close home, 2nd of 7, nk behind Thanks For Coming (11-8) at Newbury 3m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Mar.
Sixty Something (FR) 2-1 (10-11) Chased leader, led 6th, 10 lengths clear 3 out, soon ridden, hit last, eased flat, won at Bangor 3m nov chs (4) gs in Mar beating Colonel Iain (11-0) by 35l, 7 ran.
Lamb Or Cod (IRE) 11-2fav (10-12) Held up behind, driven before 4 out, ridden 2 out, stayed on to take moderate 3rd when blundered last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Bold Chief (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m (3) gs in Mar.
Barlow (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Made all, pressed from 4 out, ridden and drew clear run-in, won at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar beating Dark Glacier (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Speed Master (IRE) 5-4fav (11-8) Chased leader, led before 4 out, joined 3 out, mistake and headed last, driven and kept on flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Lamool (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd.
Whistling Senator (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Held up in touch, chased leaders before 7th, went 3rd before 14th, led 2 out, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Major Malarkey (11-5) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Dec.
The Potting Shed (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Held up, headway 3rd, pressed winner 11th, led 4 out, ridden when headed last, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Balbriggan (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Dec.
Civil Disobedience 17-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, reminders 13th, soon struggling, pulled up, in a race won by Major Malarkey (11-5) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Dec, 12 ran.
Leg Iron (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Prominent, led 2nd until before next, prominent, not much room after 12th, soon ridden, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Loughalder (10-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Sail And Return 15-2 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway when not fluent 16th, not fluent 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 18l behind Talkonthestreet (11-9) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.