Tony Dinozzo would probably have won at Newton Abbot 12 days ago had he not fallen two out. Jumping is becoming a problem for Peter Bowen's charge and Marley Roca unseated his rider at Wincanton last time but Daymar Bay arrives off the back of an easy win at Exeter and Smadynium has only found one too good in both starts over the larger obstacles. WINGS OF SMOKE was only beaten two lengths by Granville Island at Haydock in December and is now 9lb better off. He may just have needed his latest run at Sandown and can beat recent course winner Ballincurrig and the others to open his account for the season.
Granville Island (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) In rear, mistake 9th, headway on outer before 4 out to chase leaders, went 2nd at last, kept on to lead close home, 3rd of 9, hd behind Shadows Lengthen (11-6) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Daymar Bay (IRE) 3-1fav (10-11) Mid-division, headway 7th, challenged next, led 9th, clear 4 out, easily, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar beating Gores Island (10-11) by 12l, 9 ran.
Wings Of Smoke (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Held up in last pair, not fluent 1st, headway in 4th when hit 5th, went 2nd 3 out until ridden between last 2, chased leading pair until weakened last, 5th of 6, 20l behind Greywell Boy (11-9) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Smadynium (FR) 6-1 (11-4) In touch on outside, lost place and ridden after 3 out, rallied to take 3rd at last, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Jet Master (11-7) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Marley Roca (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Savant Bleu (11-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f am chs 0-130 (3) gs, 10 ran.
Ballincurrig (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 3rd, not fluent 4 out, ridden to challenge when slight bump on landing last, led flat, edged left, driven out, won at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar beating Sure Thing (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Havingotascoobydo (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Led until 7th, chased winner until 4 out, weakened before next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mart Lane (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec, 9 ran.
Fiftyonefiftyone (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led, headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 7, 13l behind Memorabilia (11-7) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Tony Dinozzo (FR) 9-2 (11-2) Chased leader, led 5th, ridden and 6 lengths ahead when fell 2 out, in a race won by Special Account (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 7 ran.
Free World (FR) 20-1 (10-4) Led and took keen hold, blundered 4 out, headed and weakened before 2 out, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Indian Voyage (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.