French Ties has won four times over fences, including once here. But he's been a little below par this season and is approaching the veteran stage now. CRAFTI BOOKIE has been campaigned over much further since finishing fourth on his chasing bow over 2m4f at Newcastle. He will be a lot happier dropped in distance and should be able to win a race or two off this sort of mark. Vardas Supreme is thoroughly exposed and Galway Jack also holds few secrets from the handicapper but Financial Climate should continue heading in the right direction after his second at Fontwell and looks a danger.
French Ties (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, mistake 10th, headway 12th, 5th when hit 3 out, never on terms, no impression, 7th of 9, 30l behind Shangani (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Financial Climate (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Jumped right, in touch, went 4th approaching 10th where went right and mistake, ridden and left 3rd 3 out, chased winner soon after, went right 2 out, ridden went right last and dropped to 3rd, driven to regain 2nd final 150 yards, always held, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Time To Think (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Galway Jack (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Pressed winner, lost 2nd before 3 out, no extra next, 4th of 10, 29l behind O Crotaigh (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Crafti Bookie (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Held up in last pair, not fluent 3rd, steady headway to 3rd at 17th until blundered 2 out, soon outpaced, ralllied to 3rd in closing stages, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Jurisdiction (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Close up on inside, blundered 8th, struggling in 5th when unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by No Way Hozay (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb, 8 ran.