WHISPERING JACK has got his act together now and a hat-trick beckons after a fairly comfortable success at Kempton last week. That was over 3m but he's equally effective over this shorter distance. Milarrow earns full marks for consistency but looks to be in the handicapper's grip and Double Dash could only manage second when favourite at Newbury on Friday. Liam Treadwell lost his irons and pulled up Reginaldinho at Newbury earlier this month but he can be forgiven that run and makes more appeal than Good Order, another who failed to justify favouritism last time. Shuil Royale has won twice around here over hurdles and has shown some promise over fences but has plenty of weight.
Reginaldinho (UAE) 11-4fav (11-10) Held up in5th, not fluent 3rd and 6th (water), dropped to rear when blundered badly and rider lost irons 8th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Arctic Ben (11-8) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs, 8 ran.
Shuil Royale (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Took keen hold in touch, one pace when slightly hampered 4 out, no impression when hit next, kept on under pressure run-in, 5th of 14, 13l behind Twirling Magnet (11-3) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Double Dash 7-2 (11-7) Held up behind in otuch, headway to join leaders 13th, led 4 out, headed after 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, held flat, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Storm Survivor (11-12) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Milarrow (IRE) 3-1fav (11-2) Led, narrowly headed 6th, led again after next, headed 11th, chased winner until after 4 out, soon outpaced, rallied to 3rd last, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Midnight Sail (11-11) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Whispering Jack 9-2 (11-1) Raced wide, chased leaders until lost place after 2nd, in touch, headway 13th, chased leading pair before 4 out, went left final 3 fences, strong run to lead before last, driven clear flat, won at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft beating Al Alfa (11-9) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Good Order 11-8fav (10-10) Held up in touch, raced wide, not fluent 1st, closed 11th, mistake 5 out, not fluent 4 out or when weakening 2 out, tailed off, last of 5, well behind No Secrets (11-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Cranky Corner 50-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind Sew On Target (11-5) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Pensnett Bay 11-2 (10-8) Led and clear after 2nd, hit 12th, reduced lead approaching 15th, blundered and headed 16th, pulled up after next, in a race won by Bally Sands (9-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft, 10 ran.
Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 7-4 (11-12) With leader, sprawled on landing 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Upton Mead (9-10) at Plumpton 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) sft, 4 ran.