SWIFT COUNSEL has an excellent record between the flags and was no slouch over regulation fences in Ireland a couple of years ago, finishing second in a Listed chase at Cork. He may be too good for these as Nicto De Beauchene has disappointed at Newbury since winning a small race at Taunton. Regal Rumpus was third at Kempton last week while Presentandcorrect was placed at Ludlow but Rumbavu hasn't progressed as expected and was well beaten at Wincanton 10 days ago. Marky Bob was a short-priced favourite at the same track in February but only managed seventh and this looks more competitive.
Marky Bob (IRE) 7-4fav (12-8) Led, jumped left, not fluent 7th, headed before 3 out, no extra next, 7th of 12, 17l behind Vintage Class (12-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Himalayan Express 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, led 6th, mistake and headed 9th, effort 3 out, one pace in 4th when mistake next, no extra before last, 5th of 8, 12l behind Regal Rumpus (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hts chs (6) gd.
Nicto De Beauchene (FR) 15-2 (12-6) Led until 6th, led next, headed 10th, mistake and no extra 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, well behind Offshore Account (11-9) at Newbury 3m hts chs (6) hvy in Mar.
Presentandcorrect (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, challenged 9th, led 11th, headed before 4 out, led 2 out, headed and unable to quicken before last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Forest Walker (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) gd.
Regal Rumpus 11-1 (12-0) Held up in rear, making steady headway when blundered 10th, stayed on from 3 out, went 3rd last, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Benedictus (11-13) at Kempton 2m 4f hts chs (5) gd.
Hurricane Carter (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leader until approaching 3rd, chased leaders, lost place 8th, taile doff 11th, pulled up before 15th, in a race won by Merrion Square (11-9) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar, 10 ran.
Indian Pipe Dream (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) (cp) prom til wknd 12; to when ur 3 out, in a race won by Armoury House (12-5) at Vine & Craven 3m ptp gs, 7 ran.
James Pine (IRE) 10-1 (12-7) In tch til wknd 15, 6th of 10, 40l behind Perfectly Willing (12-0) at Heythrop 3m ptp sft.
Qrackers (FR) 2-1 (12-0) Prom til wknd 3 out, 4th of 7, 19l behind Ashfield's Dream (12-0) at Vine & Craven 3m ptp gs.
Rumbavu (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, went 2nd before 5 out, weakened next, 4th of 8, 32l behind Coombe Hill (12-3) at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) gd.
Swift Counsel (IRE) 5-4 (11-0) Led to 4; led 6; ro wl, won at Blackmore & Sparkford Vale 3m ptp gs in Mar beating Special Occasion (11-0) by 5l, 4 ran.