PRIVATE EQUITY's jumping was a little sketchy on his chase debut at Doncaster but he kept on well enough and finished ahead of a couple of decent novices. A clear round here should see Nicky Henderson's five-year-old go one better. El Dancer once won a Grade 2 hurdle but his career over fences has been a little stop-start and this will be his first run over the larger obstacles for 15 months. Mr Gee Jay is probably the most interesting of the others but has finished tailed off in two runs over hurdles.
Ballycracken (IRE) 150-1 (10-7) Tracked winner, jumped right 2nd, lost 2nd next, weakened approaching 10th, no chance when fell 4 out, in a race won by Golden Call (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in May, 7 ran.
Barry The Barber (IRE) 150-1 (11-3) Prominent, ridden and lost place 6th, weakened 7th, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Southfield Theatre (11-3) at Exeter 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
El Dancer (GER) 40-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, effort after 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 7th of 13, 21l behind Kuilsriver (9-10) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Fitz Volonte 50-1 (10-11) Tracking leaders when not fluent 1st, held up towards rear, headway when not fluent 6th, lost place before 8th, closed before 3 out, no extra next, not fluent last, 3rd of 9, 22l behind Faultless Feelings (11-1) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Jerry Lee (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway after 3rd, not fluent 6th, pushed along after next, weakened after 9th, 8th of 10, 36l behind Royale Knight (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Mr Gee Jay 33-1 (11-4) Prominent, ridden after 9th, no extra 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Faultless Feelings (11-1) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Watch House (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Led, headed 11th, weakened 13th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Ballypatrick (11-0) at Fakenham 3m beg chase (4) gs in Feb, 6 ran.
Private Equity (FR) 11-1 (10-11) In rear and in touch, went 3rd from 6 out, headway before 4 out, soon joined leader, ridden before 2 out, no impression on winner before last, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Otto The Great (10-11) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gd in Feb.