Nicky Richards has his team in good form so Windy Hills has to be respected on his first start since November off what looks a fair mark but he is hard to back on recent form and preference is for OCARINA, who can gain a deserved first success of the season with the main danger rated as Seeking Power. The last mentioned put up an improved effort when landing a handicap chase at Kelso last month and the lightly raced gelding has solid claims but a 6lb rise for that success may anchor him and he may have to settle for a place at best. Teenando makes limited appeal on recent form but he has been given a chance by the handicapper and Sue Smith has her team in good heart right now so he cannot be discounted. Sycho Fred has failed to finish in two races since winning at Catterick in December and is hard to recommend in a race taken to go to Ocarina. James Ewart's gelding has been the model of consistency this term in finishing third in each of his last four starts and he looks worth one more chance in what does not look the strongest of races.
Schindlers Maze (IRE) 80-1 (10-11) Held up, tracked leaders 10th, weakened from 4 out, 3rd of 8, 33l behind Mumbles Head (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Ocarina (FR) 11-2 (10-12) In touch, hit 4 out, one pace, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Matmata de Tendron (9-11) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Teenando (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Led, headed 3 out, weakened approaching last, 6th of 13, 31l behind Mister Marker (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs.
Panama At Once 11-1 (10-8) Pressed leader until 12th, weakened 4 out, 7th of 12, 29l behind The Shy Man (11-4) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft.
Crackadee 7-1 (11-1) In rear, behind 5th, pushed along 8th, tailed off 13th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Blazing Diva (10-8) at Newcastle 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Adare Prince (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Led until 4th, led before next until approaching 11th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, 50l behind Wherrimon (11-1) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy.
Seeking Power (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, not fluent 15th, headway to chase leaders after 5 out, stayed on to lead final 150 yards, won at Kelso 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Feb beating Reckless Venture (11-3) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Windy Hills 5-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 5th of 9, 23l behind Dark Ben (10-7) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Esme Rides A Gaine 16-1 (11-1) Mid-division, pushed along and lost place from 3rd, ridden and weakened from 8th, 9th of 14, 49l behind Quay Meadow (10-2) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs.
Red Dancer (FR) 60-1 (10-9) 15th of 26, well behind Tiumen (10-9) at Pardubice(CZE) 4m 2f crs cntry chs (5yo+) gs in Oct.
Sycho Fred (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) In rear, jumped slowly 4th, behind when blundered 12th, pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Noakarad De Verzee (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb, 12 ran.
Moneylaws (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Held up behind, blundered 7th, soon weakened, 9th of 12, well behind Matmata de Tendron (9-11) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.