Take The Mick was a very hot favourite again at Bangor last time but soon beaten and pulled up. He reappears off a 15lb higher mark and will surely struggle again. OUR ISLAND has never really delivered over fences, managing just one victory in 18 attempts. But he's undoubtedly well treated nowadays and was only beaten a length over track and trip 11 days ago and should have no trouble confirming that form with third Raduis Bleu. Victory Gunner keeps defying his years and can't be ignored but Royal Riviera needs to jump better if he's to make a chaser.
Take The Mick 5-6fav (10-8) Led, ridden and headed 4 out, weakened quickly after next, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Makethe Mostofnow (11-12) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.
Our Island (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Led, bumped 2nd, headed 6th, chased leader until 14th, chased leading pair, led again before 4 out, went left 3 out, mistake next, clear when jumped slowly 2 out, driven and 2 lengths ahead last, hung right flat, no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Tullyraine (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 10-1 (10-2) Took keen hold early, tracked leading pair on inside, led 6th, clear 9th, hit 14th, headed before 4 out, chased winner until approaching next, well held when mistake 2 out, 3rd of 5, 35l behind Tullyraine (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.
Victory Gunner (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Jumped slightly right at times, led until 3rd, led next, headed 4 out, no extra from 2 out, 3rd of 10, 26l behind Barton Gift (10-13) at Chepstow 3m cnd hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Royal Riviera 5-1 (11-9) Towards rear, pushed along after 6th, some headway 11th, no impression, not fluent and well beaten 4 out, 8th of 11, well behind Lord Landen (10-7) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.