MR MOONSHINE ran well for fourth in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree on his comeback. An earlier second to Bocciani at Ayr gives him the beating of Wilde Pastures on collateral form and Sue Smith's charge can land this. Upsilon Bleu ran well in novice chases last term and goes handicapping for the first time while Swift Arrow could get involved if back to his best with a recent outing at Carlisle under his belt. Rhymers Ha' remains a shade high in the weights, although he's still preferred to Jet Master.
Upsilon Bleu (FR) 11-8fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, soon ridden to challenge, mistake last, kept on well, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Kie (11-4) at Perth 2m nov chs (3) gs in Apr.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, ridden after 3 out, lost 2nd before last, no extra flat, 4th of 11, 7l behind Conquisto (11-0) at Aintree 2m 4f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Wilde Pastures (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, soon ridden, one pace in 3rd when hit last, soon lost place, no extra flat, 5th of 7, 11l behind Mcmurrough (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Apr.
Swift Arrow (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Held up in rear, pulled vey hard until 5th, headway after 4 out, chased leaders next, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 23l behind Drop Out Joe (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Jet Master (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, went 4th and going well when unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Pendra (11-2) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) gs in Oct, 7 ran.
Rhymers Ha' 7-4fav (11-11) Tracked leader, driven to challenge 2 out, soon under pressure, not fluent last, weakened flat, 3rd of 4, 12l behind Riskier (11-12) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.