Bally Gunner failed to complete at Newcastle last month but that may have come too soon after an impressive win over these fences. However, he still has some improving to do off a 12lb higher mark while Collyns Avenue shaped well enough on his chasing bow but that was back in February 2011. BRUNETTE'SONLY has been unlucky to find one too good over C&D on her last couple of outings and Seamus Mullins' mare gets the nod on her return to action ahead of recent Folkestone second Guydus, who is upped in class today.
Bally Gunner 10-3 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway before 14th, weakened 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Definite Appeal (10-7) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov, 8 ran.
Collyns Avenue 33-1 (10-7) Held up in touch and keen, went 3rd from 8th, staying on one pace in 3rd when blundered 2 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Mr Syntax (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb '11.
Brunette'sonly (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Led, headed 12th, tracked leader, left in lead 3 out, pressed next, ridden and headed last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Ballyvoneen (10-1) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in May.
Guydus (IRE) 7-2 (10-10) Led in start, well away, held up last, closer order to 4th at 9th, good headway to lead after 11th, driven and joined after 3 out, headed before next, stayed pressing under pressure, no extra from last, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Spot The Ball (11-12) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Ballinhassig (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) In rear, pecked 4th, reminders after 6th, tailed off and pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Wild Ground (10-6) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft, 6 ran.