PROLINX has been quite highly tried over fences so far but ran his best race so far when only three lengths behind Marie Des Anges in a novices' handicap at Newbury earlier this month and may just stay on too strongly for Mentalist. The latter won over 2m at Ludlow in November but has now been found wanting three times this longer trip. Reasonable Force has been well beaten on all four starts over the larger obstacles and would need significant improvement to figure while Zazamix has gone backwards since winning at Wetherby more than a year ago.
Prolinx (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Held up in touch in rear, not fluent 3 out, not asked for effort until approaching last, went 3rd flat, stayed on, nearest finish, 3rd of 5, 3l behind Marie Des Anges (11-1) at Newbury 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Mentalist (FR) 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 2 out, mistake last, no extra flat, 5th of 12, 16l behind Denali Highway (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Reasonable Force 3-1 (11-12) Always in last trio, never on terms, 7th of 8, 42l behind Ancient Times (9-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Zazamix (FR) 25-1 (10-6) Held up, jumped slowly 5th, lost touch and slow from next, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Wilde Pastures (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.