ITOLDYOU beat West Cork Flash by eight lengths over a shorter trip here last month. It's difficult to see the runner-up reversing the form despite more favourable terms and a bigger danger to Linda Jewell's charge may be Ringa Bay. He's had his ups and downs this season but is only a couple of pounds higher than for his latest win. Princely Hero is a regular here but has finished tailed off in his last three starts at the track and will be waiting for better ground.
Ringa Bay 8-1 (11-5) Chasing leaders when unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Thomas Wild (11-3) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Feb, 10 ran.
Itoldyou (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, mistake and pushed along 3rd, headway to 4th before 7th, went distant 2nd 8th (4 out), pushed along and closed before 2 out, challenged last, led soon after, driven clear flat, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb beating West Cork Flash (11-2) by 8l, 6 ran.
West Cork Flash (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led until 2nd, led again and not fluent 6th, clear after 7th, reduced lead approaching 2 out, hung right under pressure before last, joined last, soon headed and stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Itoldyou (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Princely Hero (IRE) 150-1 (11-3) Tracked winner until before 3rd, soon pushed along and lost place, last and struggling before 6th, never on terms after, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Kayf Moss (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.