Ballylifen finally got off the mark over a shorter trip at Uttoxeter and James Huxham again takes off 10lb. Danners has claims on a close-up second at Fontwell and is tried in blinkers while Green Bank was third on his reappearance at Chepstow and will strip fitter here. ARKOSE has yet to win over fences but is well treated on the pick of his hurdles form and has shown promise. If his jumping holds up, he may be the pick of the weights today as Hollins gets little respite from the handicapper.
Ballylifen (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 7th, went 2nd 10th, led after 11th, hung left and idled flat, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar beating Munsaab (11-10) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Counting House (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) With leader, weakened after 6 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, 50l behind Barlow (11-12) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Danners (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) In rear, headway 8th, went 2nd 5 out, every chance 2 out, not fluent last, switched right run-in, kept on and just held near finish, 2nd of 5, shd behind Tarraco (11-10) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Arkose (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, outpaced before next, weakened 3 out, pulled before last, in a race won by Cadeau George (10-12) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.
Green Bank (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up in last pair but in touch, headway tracking leaders before 8th, pushed along after 13th, went modest 3rd after 3 out, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Master Neo (11-3) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Hollins 14-1 (10-13) In rear, mistakes 3rd and 6th, struggling 8th, went remote 4th when mistake 2 out, went 3rd approaching last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 7, 33l behind Ballylifen (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Jolly Boys Outing (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Took keen hold, soon tracking leaders, lost place approaching 13th, mistake next, well beaten 3 out, 6th of 11, 32l behind Cosway Spirit (11-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.