COMICAL RED beat today's rival Over My Head by 20l over the course and distance last month and was raised a massive 14lb. He returned just over a week later for a better class handicap and though failing to cope with Veauce De Sivola he performed with credit and can defy another 6lb rise as his young rider claims more than that back. Tin Pot Man, who has been running over fences, has a victory over track and trip to his credit but that was two years ago on fast ground and he was beaten in a seller the last time he ran over hurdles. The Last Bridge is another to have scored here but has also been chasing recently, scoring at Southwell early last month. He could provide the main threat with Richard Johnson on board as the remainder are struggling for form.
Best Boy Barney (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Disputed lead until blundered 3rd, remained prominent, lost place and reminders 12th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 3 out (usual 4 out), in a race won by Cruising Bye (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Comical Red 15-8fav (9-7) Tracked leading pair, led before 3 out, ridden and pressed between last 2, headed last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Veauce De Sivola (11-8) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Russian Song (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, pushed along after 5th, weakened and struggling after next, 11th of 17, 44l behind Tarabela (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
Chill Factor (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Behind, ridden and weakened after 4 out, last of 14, well behind Wilde Blue Yonder (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Tin Pot Man (IRE) 5-1 (10-6) Held up, 4th and ridden before 4 out, went 3rd approaching next, not able to get on terms, eased to a trot passing line, 3rd of 6, 32l behind Royal Chatelier (11-4) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Over My Head 15-8fav (10-6) Raced keenly, set steady pace, ridden and headed after 3 out, soon no chance with easy winner, clear of 3rd when mistake last, 2nd of 7, 20l behind Comical Red (9-8) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Nash Point (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Led until 1st, prominent and not always fluent, weakened before 5th, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Deputy Dan (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
The Last Bridge 7-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, closed 11th, outpaced after 13th, stayed on flat, 4th of 12, 10l behind Kentford Legend (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb.
Bobbisox (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) In rear, bad mistake 1st, mistake 6th, ridden 11th, behind when pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Mansonien L'as (10-13) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Radical Impact (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, hit 3rd, reminders soon after, lost place 6th, towards rear next, behind 9th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Night Of Passion (10-12) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 11 ran.
Poppy Gregg 40-1 (9-11) With leader, lost place and driven 6th, struggling next, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Easy Beesy (11-8) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 9 ran.