Old Tricks has been placed around here on heavy ground and must have some sort of chance in this under Brendan Powell junior. His father saddles the oft-placed Dark And Dangerous while Sidney Melbourne has been knocking on the door in novice events and shouldn't be far away again. WEEKEND MILLIONAIR has the beating of Old Tricks on their run together at Fontwell and gets the vote here as he's probably not badly treated at present. Oscar Prairie also warrants a second look on his run over track and trip in January and is preferred to Taunton runner-up Decimus of the others.
Manger Hanagment (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 6th, led 12th, ridden and headed approaching 3 out, soon lost 2nd, weakening when hit 3 out, left modest 4th and slightly hampered next, 4th of 8, 30l behind Bally Legend (11-6) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Old Tricks (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, not fluent 3rd, ridden before 5th, last and struggling 6th, tailed off, 6th of 10, 27l behind Billy Twyford (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Weekend Millionair (IRE) 3-1fav (11-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5th, chased clear leader, closed 4 out, outpaced to 3rd approaching 2 out, plugged on same pace after, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Billy Twyford (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Benbane Head (USA) 14-1 (10-9) Pressed leader, led 4th, hampered by loose horse and headed after next, led again before next, headed 2 out, weakened approaching last, 10th of 17, 32l behind Fair Along (11-12) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Oscar Prairie (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, struggling 8th, kept on under pressure before 2 out, never reached leaders, 6th of 10, 12l behind Tullyraine (11-2) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 7-2 (10-8) Blundered 1st, chased leading pair, blundered 7th, reminder and struggling after 8th, not fluent 9th, lost touch next, went left last, rallied to press for poor 2nd close home, last of 3, 23l behind Ballygarvey (11-0) at Lingfield 2m 4f nov chs 0-125 (4) hvy in Feb.
Sidney Melbourne (USA) 4-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 3rd, chased winner when not fluent 2 out, no impression, mistake last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Top Gamble (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Decimus (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Took keen hold and held up in last pair, ridden and no impression before 2 out, stayed on from 2 out, went 2nd and hit last, soon switched left and stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Jupiter Rex (10-9) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, challenged 4th, led next, headed 8th, led again after next, not fluent 3 out, soon headed, no extra when hampered 2 out, 6th of 12, 20l behind Buck Magic (11-8) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.