Father Shine was pulled up last time and appears to have plenty to find at the weights while Nodform Richard fell at Doncaster in January and his win at Catterick came over a much longer trip. ZARU was well clear when falling at the last over 3m at Newcastle last week and clearly has plenty of ability. James Ewart looks to have found him a good opportunity to recoup losses as The Bull Hayes has been well beaten in two starts since arriving in this country, though is taking a significant drop in grade here.
Father Shine (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, not fluent 7th, lost place and ridden 10th, behind 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Speedy Bruere (11-7) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb, 10 ran.
Nodform Richard 5-1 (11-12) Led, headed narrowly and fell heavily 6th, in a race won by Toby Belch (11-2) at Doncaster 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan, 6 ran.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Prominent in chasing group on outside, blundered and weakened 7th, mistake next, tailed off, last of 6, 24l behind Toubab (11-12) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd.
Zaru (FR) 5-2fav (11-12) Led and keen, not fluent 5 out, clear before 4 out, mistake 2 out, 16 lengths up when fell last, in a race won by Papamoa (11-7) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 8 ran.