CERIUM hasn't managed a win since landing this 12 months ago but races off the same mark and another big run is anticipated with Trevor Whelan taking off 5lb. Papamoa can actually race off a lower mark than when winning by eight lengths at Newcastle and he promises to stay extreme distances while Lively Baron has his sights lowered after falling in Saturday's Scottish Grand National and he won off a pound higher at Sandown back in December. Nigel Twiston-Davies trained the winner of this in 2011 and has thorough stayer Pettifour in the line-up and other that catch the eye include Hexham score Mister Philson and Bally Sands, who beat the selection at Warwick last month but is now 10lb worse off. Soudain, Acrai Rua and Extalar have also been in good form lately.
Victrix Gale (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) In rear, never a factor, moderate 12th entering straight, kept on run-in without threatening, 9th of 14, 38l behind Fosters Cross (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl gs in Mar.
Lively Baron (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Held up in touch, fell 5th, in a race won by Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd, 24 ran.
Pettifour (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up in mid-division, stayed on same pace in 6th and no impression from 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 42l behind Bally Sands (9-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Flying Award (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Always towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind Rebeccas Choice (11-0) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Lord Villez (FR) 12-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, hampered and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Lackamon (11-12) at Sedgefield 3m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd, 10 ran.
Mister Philson (IRE) 11-10fav (10-11) Made all, ridden after last, stayed on, won at Hexham 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs beating On Broadway (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Soudain (FR) 9-4fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 6 out, challenged 3 out and mistake, pressed leader last, kept on to lead last 50 yards, won at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Mar beating Overyou (11-2) by nk, 7 ran.
Acrai Rua (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Led to 1st, with leader, reminder after 1st, bumped before 5 out, led before 3 out, kept on well, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Etxalar (11-4) by 8l, 7 ran.
Bally Sands (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Chased leading pair, went 2nd at 6th, hit 8th, closed approaching and led 16th, joined 2 out, pressed last, stayed on well flat, won at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar beating Cerium (10-3) by 7l, 10 ran.
Etxalar (FR) 9-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, chased winner from last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Acrai Rua (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Papamoa 11-2 (11-7) Towards rear, pushed along throughout, headway after 3 out, left 3rd 2 out, soon chased clear leader, left in lead last, kept on well, won at Newcastle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar beating Rebel Swing (11-6) by 8l, 8 ran.
Cerium (FR) 5-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, jumped slowly next, ridden 14th, went 3rd 3 out, no impression, demoted to 4th flat, 4th of 8, 14l behind Bounds And Leaps (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Mar.
Beau Dandy (IRE) 9-2fav (11-7) Led, not fluent 10th, headed 11th, in 3rd when blundered 5 out, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 13, 38l behind Etxalar (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Overlady 12-1 (9-9) In touch, went 2nd from 11th, led before 2 out, pressed last, headed run-in, no extra, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Overyou (10-6) at Kelso 2m 7f Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gs.