Rebel Swing scored at Carlisle in October but has been well beaten in all subsequent starts though is now back on the same mark. WHISKEY AND RED completed a Thurles double two days before Christmas and must have been feeling the effect when beaten a long way at short odds on Boxing Day so is taken to get back on the winning trail. Zaru only had two opponents to beat over the track and trip in January but did so in impressive fashion and looks a nice prospect while The Friary is making progress though his jumping could be better. He finished in front of Papamoa at Carlisle last time and the latter looks in need of a stiffer test. Runswick Relax looks best of the remainder.
Zaru (FR) 6-4fav (11-0) Made all, clear from 10th, not fluent last, very easily, won at Newcastle 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Jan beating Cottiers Den (11-0) by 30l, 3 ran.
The Friary (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 11th, every chance and not fluent 2 out, ridden before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Markadam (11-3) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Papamoa 8-1 (11-11) Towards rear, headway before 10th, no impression from 3 out, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Markadam (11-3) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) Evensfav (11-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, dropped to rear entering straight and soon no extra, 8th of 11, well behind Take A Shot (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Dec.
Rebel Swing 4-1fav (11-10) Reminders early towards rear, reminders again after 6th, tracked leaders after 9th, lost place 12th, 7th of 9, 35l behind Markadam (11-3) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Runswick Relax 28-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders and mistakes, soon lost place, in rear 7th, went poor 4th before 4 out, no impression, 5th of 8, 28l behind Tap Night (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f nov chs (4) hvy in Feb.
Glen Countess (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Pressed leader, led 5th until next, ridden 13th, outpaced 15th, rallied 3 out, switched right approaching last, stayed on to take 2nd flat, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Overnight Fame (11-9) at Southwell 3m Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gs in Feb.
What A Dream 10-1 (10-4) Towards rear, headway 6th, chased leading pair 4 out, ridden next, driven and ran on towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 13, nk behind Billy Cuckoo (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.