PAINTBALL is now a pound lower than when landing the Imperial Cup at Sandown just over a year ago. His form this season has been disappointing but Charlie Longsdon's stable has been showing signs of a revival lately and his charge should go close if staying the extra half-mile. Pas Trop Tard may be feeling the effects of a tough campaign but Matthew Riley hasn't been over-raced and was having just his second start over timber when getting off the mark over this trip at Newcastle. Los Nadis goes well here and could make the frame but he'll face a battle for the lead with Jet Master and Bow Badger also like to race up with the pace. Bar De Ligne isn't badly treated and could figure if at his best.
Now This Is It (IRE) 13-2 (10-10) Waited with early, progress to be close up from before 4th, on terms approaching 3 out, soon led, joined after 2 out, soon headed and no extra from before last, 6th of 13, 13l behind Beef To The Heels (9-3) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 0-150 gs in Nov.
Pas Trop Tard (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, soon under pressure and weakened, 5th of 8, 31l behind Rock Relief (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Mar.
Bar De Ligne (FR) 28-1 (10-0) Towards rear of mid-division, driven before 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 14th of 21, well behind Minella Forfitness (10-3) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Paintball (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, ridden after 2 out, no extra run-in, 10th of 22, 18l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs.
Jet Master (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Raced keenly, led 2nd, headed 4 out, outpaced next, no impression when not fluent last, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Rumble Of Thunder (10-8) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs.
Matthew Riley (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) In touch on inside, headway to track leader after 4 out, challenged when hit next, ridden after last, stayed on to lead final 75 yards, won at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Indian Castle (11-6) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Los Nadis (GER) 7-1 (10-9) Mid-division, mistake 7th, soon lost place, rallied next, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 8, 39l behind Rock Relief (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Mar.
Malin Bay (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) In touch, hit 5th, weakened from 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Beeves (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar, 13 ran.
Bow Badger 5-1 (11-12) Led, not fluent 5th, driven and hard pressed when hit 3 out, ridden and headed after next, kept on same pace, no impression last, 4th of 6, 13l behind Turbo Du Ranch (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.