Nodform Richard was ending a long losing run when winning at Catterick last time and is upped in class along with Master Neo. The latter has been raised 9lb for last week's win at Chepstow while Goodtoknow failed to cope with an 11lb rise in the weights last time after scoring at Bangor. The Magic Bishop has lost his way of late having recorded a string of placed efforts at the turn of the year but Everaard has been in decent form. However, BALLYPATRICK is fancied to take advantage of this easier task after a fine effort at Newbury.
Ballypatrick (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Chased leader, hit 12th, every chance 4 out until next, stayed on same pace last, 4th of 13, 5l behind Roalco De Farges (11-2) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Mar.
Nodform Richard 15-8fav (11-11) Stumbled 1st, tracked leading pair, pushed along and dropped to rear after 8th, headway 14th, went 2nd next, led approaching 4 out, stayed on well from 3 out, driven out, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Dec beating O'Callaghan Strand (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Goodtoknow 11-4fav (11-5) Held up in touch in mid-division on inside, not fluent 1st, mistake 9th, ridden approaching 4 out, soon beaten, well held before 3 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Woodford County (10-13) at Chepstow 3m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from after 2nd until 4th and again 6th until 8th, beaten 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 34l behind Galway Jack (11-10) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Mar.
Master Neo (FR) 3-1fav (11-3) Chased leaders, led 5 out, driven along after 3 out, stayed on well to draw clear from last, won at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Mighty Mobb (11-12) by 9l, 9 ran.
Balinroab (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, soon tracked leaders in 4th on outer, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 32l behind My Idea (10-8) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
The Magic Bishop 6-1 (11-5) Held up, jumped slowly 7th and 14th, well beaten 15th, pulled up before last (normal 2 out), in a race won by Nail 'm (11-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Mar, 6 ran.
Everaard (USA) 11-4fav (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ran in snatches, lost place before 10th, rallied before 4 out, chased winner from 2 out, kept on and no impression from last, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Fiddlers Reel (11-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Royal Sam (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Tracked winner until 6 out, soon regained 2nd, ridden before last, no impression, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Lady Of Verona (10-2) at Hexham 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.