RAILWAY DILLON was quite highly tried after his facile success at Perth a year ago and appreciated the drop in grade when runner-up here last month. He can now take advantage of a drop in the ratings though Dun Masc, who was behind him last time, was staying on strongly and will be suited by the longer trip. Billy Cuckoo was well beaten and looks held and though Beneficial Reform is slowly coming down the ratings he's still looking a few pounds high.
Beneficial Reform (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 8th, held when blundered 3 out, no extra in 3rd between last two, kept on for 3rd, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Quentin Collonges (10-0) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar.
Douglas Julian 7-1 (11-11) Tracked leader, pushed along before 9th, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 27l behind Devotion To Duty (11-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Railway Dillon (IRE) 11-4fav (11-7) Close up, reminders before 9th, led before 10th, ridden before 4 out, headed before last, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Devotion To Duty (11-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Zitenka (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4 out, weakened before next, 5th of 8, 21l behind Humbie (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 80-1 (10-0) Chased leaders to 6th, soon behind, pulled up before 14th,, in a race won by Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs, 29 ran.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, mistakes, headway 12th, weakened approaching 4 out, 7th of 12, 29l behind Monsieur Cadou (11-2) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Dun Masc (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, went 3rd before last, kept on, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Devotion To Duty (11-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Call Me Mulligan (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) With leaders, led 5 out, blundered 4 out, soon reminders, headed 3 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 7, 13l behind Soudain (11-5) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Mar.