Sapphire Rouge races over the fences for the first time since pulled up twice at the start of the year. Itoldyou is starting to come down the weights and could be interesting as the other three are all returning from a break. But BEWARE CHALK PIT goes well fresh and, though 7lb higher than when successful 12 months ago, can score again at the track as Tarabela would have preferred softer ground and Ballinhassig is difficult to catch right, though is also a course and distance winner.
Tarabela 11-2 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway after 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Feb beating Bravo Riquet (11-0) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Itoldyou (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Prominent, ridden 4 out, 4th and well held 3 out, mistake 2 out, blundered last, 4th of 8, 19l behind Richmond (11-12) at Lingfield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Beware Chalk Pit (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) With leader, hit 11th, reminders soon after, weakened 13th, 5th of 7, well behind Gemini Ahhs (11-5) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Sapphire Rouge (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Led, headed approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression approaching last, 5th of 12, 15l behind Monderon (11-3) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Ballinhassig (IRE) 5-2fav (10-8) With leaders, led briefly after 6th, mistake 13th, ridden and weakened next, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Somerby (10-9) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.