RADETSKY MARCH was often highly tried over hurdles and fences and has seen action at the Cheltenham Festival in the last two years. He didn't run badly on his reappearance at Larkhill last month and his class should see him home in front against these. Sole Agent, who has scored over track and trip in the past, should strip fitter for his run in a jumpers' bumper at Lingfield but The Bosses Nephew hasn't been out since finishing fourth at Limerick more than a year ago and Starburst Diamond also has a lengthy absence to overcome. Gentle George has some fair hunter chase form in the book, however, and his seventh at Wincanton will have blown away a few cobwebs.
The Bosses Nephew (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Soon tracked leaders, 5th after 3 out, no impression approaching straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 33l behind Come To The Party (11-7) at Limerick 3m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Jan '12.
Sole Agent (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, took keen hold on outer, lost place over 4f out, soon tailed off, last of 11, 43l behind Representingceltic (10-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Starburst Diamond (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) With leaders, chased winner from 3rd, led briefly 10th, bumped 13th, lost 2nd before blundered and lost 2nd 3 out, weakened soon after, 5th of 7, well behind Barbers Shop (11-9) at Fontwell 3m 2f hts chs (6) gs in Feb '12.
Elsie's Pride (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) In rear, not fluent and hampered 1st, not fluent and ridden 6th, behind 8th, tailed off next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Ballyvoneen (10-1) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May, 7 ran.
Gentle George 6-1 (11-9) Prominent, left in lead 5th, headed 9th, led after next, headed 12th, mistake 4 out, pecked 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 14, 33l behind Kirkleigh (11-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) hvy in Jan.
Radetsky March (IRE) 12-1 (12-7) Hdwy 14; wknd app 2 out, 6th of 17, 37l behind Sybarite (12-0) at Larkhill Racing Club 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Silent Rage (USA) 14-1 (12-0) Nvr beyond midfield; to, 8th of 15, 24l behind Howryagettinon (11-7) at Charing 3m ptp gs.