THE CHIEF VILLAIN is taken to make a winning start over fences for Stuart Crawford. The County Antrim handler also runs dual winning hurdler The Ice Factor but the former has the better recent form to his name. Lucinda Russell also runs two with Blueside Boy preferred to Rowdy Rocher. But Roc De Prince has been dropped a couple of pounds and looks the best of those with chasing experience.
Rowdy Rocher (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, mistake 2nd, weakened before 7th, soon struggling, last of 5, well behind Upsilon Bleu (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Mar '13.
The Chief Villain 4-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, led just after 2 out, hung badly right and not run on after last, headed closing stages, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Mawaqeet (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.
The Ice Factor 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, weakening when hampered before 2 out, soon beaten, 7th of 8, 44l behind Los Nadis (10-4) at Perth 3m amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jul.
Roc De Prince 11-2 (11-9) In touch, mistake 11th, weakened before next, 4th of 6, 22l behind Gleann Na Ndochais (11-6) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Jul.
Moonlone Lane (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, progress into 2nd after 4 out, ridden to challenge 3 out, under pressure in close 3rd when fell last, in a race won by One Fine Morning (11-3) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 gd, 16 ran.
Blueside Boy (IRE) 5-2fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out (usual 4 out), soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 9, 43l behind Rocking Blues (11-11) at Kelso 2m 5f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.