Although Tranquil Sea has won plenty of races, including at Grade level, he isn't the force of old and ran poorly at Thurles last time. CALL THE POLICE, an excellent third to Bobs Worth in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, has taken some time to warm up this season and wasn't all that impressive for a long odds-on chance when landing a Grade 3 at Thurles last month. However, he's undoubtedly being targeted at the Festival again and is also in the Grand National so this looks an ideal stepping stone. Forpadydeplasterer looked to have the world at his feet when landing the Arkle in 2009 but has only won one minor race subsequently though he's invariably performed at the highest level. He shouldn't be dismissed but Magnanimity ran a shocker in the Hennessey at Newbury and hasn't won for two years. The Galway Plate winner Bob Lingo has a bit more to do though it wouldn't be a shock if he were to get into the mix.
Bob Lingo (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Soon towards rear, slightly slow jump 9th, no impression from 4 out, 7th of 8, 33l behind Kauto Stone (11-10) at Down Royal 3m Grade 1 chs (1) gs in Nov.
Call The Police (IRE) 2-7fav (11-3) Tracked leader in 2nd until led after 5 out, niggled along entering straight and strongly pressed from 2 out, driven out and kept on best run-in, won at Thurles 2m 2f chs Grade 3 (1) in Jan beating Foildubh (11-10) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Tranquil Sea (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along in 5th after 4 out and no threat in straight, 5th of 8, 33l behind Quito De La Roque (11-10) at Thurles 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Held up, mainly 4th, ridden and no impression 3 out, last of 5, 27l behind Sizing Europe (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f Grade 1 chs (1) sft in Dec.
Ninetieth Minute (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 15th of 28, 41l behind Colbert Station (10-11) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
Magnanimity (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, 12th of 19, well behind Bobs Worth (11-6) at Newbury 3m 2f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec.