Time For Spring often travels strongly in his races, as he did at Taunton earlier this month, but rarely finds much when push comes to shove. Carlisle scorer Acrai Rua is suited by extreme distances while Everaard tends to reserve his best for Musselburgh but Blazing Bull arrives in terrific form and has won twice over these fences recently to add to his victory at Catterick. TWIRLING MAGNET was having just his third start over fences and his eighth in total when beating Savant Bleu at Newbury at the start of last month. There is more to come from Jonjo O'Neill's charge, who can confirm the form with the runner-up who has disappointed since.
Time For Spring (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, steady headway 7th, chased leaders 10th, ridden and weakened after 4 out, left poor 5th at the last, 5th of 9, 23l behind Violin Davis (11-7) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf.
Twirling Magnet (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division, steady headway on inside to get in behind leaders when blunderd badly 13th, recovered to chase leaders next, headway and quickened between horses to 2nd before last, led flat, idled in front, stayed on well, won at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar beating Savant Bleu (11-2) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Savant Bleu (FR) 9-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden before 5 out, soon lost place, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Hunters Lodge (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs (3) hvy in Mar, 4 ran.
Rich Lord 13-2 (11-2) Held up in last pair in touch, outpaced 5 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression with leaders, 6th of 7, 14l behind Mcmurrough (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.
Acrai Rua (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Led to 1st, with leader, reminder after 1st, bumped before 5 out, led before 3 out, kept on well, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Etxalar (11-4) by 8l, 7 ran.
Everaard (USA) 8-1 (10-5) Led to 3rd, mistake 4th, pushed along before and mistake 7th, soon weakened and tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Beeves (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar, 13 ran.
Frank The Slink 4-1 (10-8) Held up in 3rd, lost place 10th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Brave Spartacus (11-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar, 6 ran.
Blazing Bull (IRE) 3-1fav (10-4) Chased leaders, led before 4 out, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Boris The Blade (10-8) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Western Gale (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Towards rear, badly hampered and unseated rider 11th, in a race won by Blazing Bull (10-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs, 13 ran.