BIG TIME BILLY has had a light campaign but there was a lot to like about her second to Grassfinch at Ludlow and she finally get her head in front here. Manshoor rallied well to snatch back second spot at Towcester but this trip may prove beyond him while recent course third Occasionally Yours also has his stamina to prove. Pheidias won over track and trip last May, however, though is still 7lb higher and Snake Charmer has also triumphed over course and distance, but looks to be on a downward curve. Not So Sure Dick reverts to hurdles and could figure.
Jonny Rye (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Led, headed before 5 out, reminders soon after, hit 4 out, weakened after next, last of 7, 35l behind Limpopo Tom (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Pheidias (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Led to 4th, weakened from 9th, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Call It On (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Not So Sure Dick (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Prominent, not fluent and lost place 5th, not fluent next, still in touch when when brought down 11th, in a race won by Franklin Roosevelt (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb, 8 ran.
Big Time Billy (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4 out, not fluent and no impression on winner 2 out, stayed on, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Grassfinch (11-7) at Ludlow 3m Conditional Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb.
Occasionally Yours (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Chased leader until after 4th, chased leader until before 6th, badly outpaced and lost place soon after, driven in 5th and no impression well before last, not fluent last, stayed n flat, went 3rd in closing dstages, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Rowlestone Lad (11-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Snake Charmer 11-1 (11-6) With leader, led before 5 out, headed 4 out, weakened 3 out, 5th of 7, 32l behind Limpopo Tom (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Storm To Pass 8-1 (10-1) Held up in touch, with leader before 6th, led before 8th, ridden and headed before last, one pace, 4th of 12, 14l behind Everdon Brook (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Manshoor (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Led, headed approaching 4 out, soon ridden, rallied 2 out, kept on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Party Rock (10-10) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Flichity (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, left in close 2nd place and not fluent 2nd, mistake next, lost 2nd at 5th, lost 3rd 9th, soon ridden, went 3rd again 4 out, plugged on, 3rd of 5, 29l behind El Dancer (11-7) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) sft in Mar.