David Pipe sends NO SECRETS on the long journey north and it should pay off. He's only been raised 4lb for landing a Taunton handicap in December when looking in need of every yard of the trip, which was just short of 3m. A stiffer test of stamina looks assured here and he can complete the double. See U Bob won a Grade 2 at Navan two years ago but that was his last success and he's been nowhere near that kind of form recently though he's now dropped to a lowly mark. Good Order won a novices' handicap at Wincanton last January and was having his first run since March when second at Lingfield last month. Douglas Julian beat the useful Lie Forrit at Kelso before blundering away his chances at Haydock and should get into the mix but General Hardi needs a marathon to bring out the best in him these days.
Douglas Julian 13-2 (10-5) In touch, hit 4th, soon prominent, blundered 7th, lost place before next, blundered 9th, behind when pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Cannington Brook (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
No Secrets (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2 out (usual 3 out), 5 lengths down and under pressure last (usual 2 out), soon ridden, rallied flat, led towards finish, won at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec beating Fine Parchment (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
See U Bob (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway 12th, went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Buddy Bolero (11-3) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.
General Hardi 9-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 8th, lost place approaching 11th, outpaced 15th, closed briefly 2 out, well beaten after last, 4th of 9, 31l behind Sea Saffron (11-6) at Cartmel 3m 6f hcp ch 0-125 (3) gd in Jun.
Good Order 10-1 (11-3) Chased leading trio, went went 3rd after after 4 out, went 2nd approaching 3 out, ridden and no chance with winner before next, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Ballygarvey (11-2) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.