Extra Bold has only had three runs since joining Emma Lavelle and should be ideally suited by prevailing conditions. He'll be tough to beat if repeating the level of his November success over Sir Winston in a decent handicap chase. However, he is not always guaranteed to run his race and preference is for WILLANDRICH, up 9lb for a stylish success at Leicester last time on only his third venture over the larger obstacles. Trip and ground are ideal for the Williams' gelding, with further improvement anticipated. El Zorro will get involved if not 'bouncing' after an excellent reappearance from a lengthy absence, while Nautical Approach has each-way claims.
Moulin de La Croix 7-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, weakening when mistake 3 out, soon beaten, 6th of 12, well behind Royal Tune (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Blackpool Billy (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Refused to race, in a race won by You Know Yourself (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 6 ran.
El Zorro 12-1 (11-4) Held up, not fluent 1st, headway 2nd, went 2nd 12th, not fluent 4 out, led next, headed approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Master d'Or (10-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Mister Wiseman 14-1 (10-12) Soon led, mistake 4th, headed when not fluent 5 out, weakened next, 9th of 11, well behind Requin (11-11) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Willandrich (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) In touch, went 2nd 14th, jumped boldly to lead 4 out, pressed from 2 out, asserted flat, readily, won at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Mar beating Woodmore (11-6) by 8l, 5 ran.
Marc of Brilliance (USA) 9-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, left 3rd 3 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 8, 23l behind Flemish Invader (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Mar.
Our Jim 17-2 (10-8) Took keen hold, tracked winner 1st until approaching 7th, ridden after 9th, lost place after 3 out, last of 6, 13l behind Pie At Midnight (11-0) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Nautical Approach (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, blundered 9th, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 8, 27l behind Silver Dollars (10-12) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Extra Bold 10-3fav (11-9) Led, headed before 9th, tracked leader, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 10, 24l behind Douryna (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Lorum Leader (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 7th, headed 10th, weakened next, behind when pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Maurisca (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar, 7 ran.
Investment Affair (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, ridden and headed last, one pace flat, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Nomadic Warrior (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.