BAILE ANRAI had decent form over hurdles and was quite highly tried on his debut over fences at Wincanton. He was beaten when falling but better can be expected from Ian Williams' seven-year-old, who has already won between the flags and is a leading contender in this. Battle Group also warrants respect as he was also useful over timber and clear of the remainder when chasing home Fists Of Fury at Wetherby, though he doesn't look an easy ride. Carabinier must improve on a very modest first effort over fences at Newbury however.
Baile Anrai (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) In rear, 5th and outpaced 13th, kept on same pace, disputed well beaten 4th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Silviniaco Conti (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov, 6 ran.
Battle Group 5-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway before 6 out, chased winner before next, going well before 3 out, hung left from 2 out, soon ridden, not quicken, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Fists Of Fury (11-2) at Wetherby 3m 1f beg chs (5) gs in Nov.
Carabinier (FR) 15-2 (10-11) In touch, went 4th at 5th (water), blundered badly 8th, mistake 10th, weakened soon after, not recover, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Educated Evans (11-8) at Newbury 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
How Nice (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Prom to 11, 6th of 12, 32l behind Golden Harvey (12-0) at Eyton-on-severn 3m ptp gf in Mar.
Kilcascan 50-1 (10-7) Held up behind in touch, jumped left 8th, chased leaders on outside when hit 4 out, disputed 2nd after next, one pace approaching 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 5, 37l behind On Trend (11-0) at Towcester 2m 6f nov chs (4) gd in Nov.
Moscow Mule (12-0) Led til hung bad lft & hdd aft 2 out; plugged on, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Dawn Display (12-0) at Whitfield 3m ptp in Jun '10.
Romper Stomper 7-4 (12-3) Prom til wknd aft 3 out, 5th of 12, 21l behind Thatmakestwoofus (12-0) at Marks Tey 3m ptp gd in Mar '10.