Winning hurdler JACK BENE was placed three times over fences in Ireland last season and has also finished second in a couple of point-to-points. This looks a good opportunity to make a winning reappearance though the consistent Earl Grez will no doubt make a race of it again. It's a worry, however, that the latter has yet to win in 22 starts under Rules. Swallows Delight also struggles to get his head in front while the once-useful Mister Chancer appears to be regressing at a rate of knots.
Earl Grez (FR) 7-1 (12-0) Led to 7; chsd ldr 14; kpt on last, 3rd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Boston Article (12-0) at Dubston Harriers 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Jack Bene (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, dropped to 6th 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 22l behind Double Seven (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 gf in Jun.
Lang Shining (IRE) 12-1 (12-5) Svs; a last; ur 8, in a race won by Chiquilline (12-5) at Heythrop 3m ptp gd in Jan, 7 ran.
Mister Chancer (IRE) 14-1 (12-5) Led 4 til hdd 15; wknd 2 out, 4th of 13, 22l behind Minella Stars (12-5) at Royal Artillery 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Mr Maybe (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) (cp) (tt) chsd ldrs til ur 13, in a race won by Glint Of Steel (12-0) at Norfolk Harriers 3m ptp gd in Jan, 16 ran.
Swallows Delight (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, stayed on from 3 out, went 4th flat, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 17l behind Himalayan Express (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hts chs (5) gd in May.