An ordinary hunter chase in which the relatively youthful FLAMING GORGE is taken to get the better of his elders. Fleur Hawes' charge took a crashing fall at Leicester last time but previous efforts in this sphere do afford him strong claims and hopefully that unfortunate tumble will not have dented confidence. He enjoys a sound record over fences apart from that latest fall and is preferred to Farmer Frank. The latter is obviously in good heart at present with two point-to-point successes on most recent outings and he also has an important course and distance success to his name. He looks sure to be a leading player, whilst the consistent if limited Sole Agent has acceptable each-way claims.
Fairwood Present (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Held up, mistakes 1st and 9th, well behind 12th, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Martys Mission (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
Flaming Gorge (IRE) 4-1 (12-1) Led, 5 lengths clear 2 out, headed before next, 2 lengths down and looked held when fell last, in a race won by Ravethebrave (11-7) at Fakenham 3m hts chs (6) sft in Feb, 5 ran.
Sole Agent (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Led until 8th, soon led again, headed 5 out, soon rallied, weakened quickly before 2 out, 4th of 9, 30l behind Jupiter Rex (11-0) at Plumpton 3m 2f 5yo Am hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Bell On Bike (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Led to 2 & 7-12; wknd 15, 6th of 9, 24l behind Little Cornham (12-0) at Countryside Alliance Club 3m ptp gd in Feb.
Castle Banquet (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) In touch in mid-division, 2nd at 7th, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Saphir Des Bois (11-5) at Leicester 2m hts chs (6) sft.
Farmer Frank 4-7 (12-3) Hdwy 12; led aft 3 out; rdly, won at Blankney 3m ptp gd in Feb beating Victor Grumps (12-0) by 7l, 8 ran.
Lincoln's Inn (IRE) 200-1 (11-5) In rear when mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Martys Mission (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Feb, 13 ran.
Rustic John 100-1 (11-3) Mid-division, mistake 1st, in rear when not fluent 5th or 6th, behind 10th, pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Sorted (12-4) at Leicester 2m 7f hts chs (3) sft, 9 ran.
Soulard (USA) 22-1 (11-7) Prominent, led 2nd, headed 8th, lost place next, last 10th, well behind 11th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Freddies Return (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hts chs (6) sft in Feb, 7 ran.