mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden to lead before elbow, kept on and edged left last 50 yards, held on well
tracked leaders in 3rd, blundered 5 out, ridden in 4th before last, kept on run-in
mid-division, headway before 5 out, ridden to chase winner before elbow, every chance run-in, kept on and held towards finish
led to 3rd (The Chair), tracked leader, led again 9th, blundered 3 out, headed before last, weakened last 150 yards
mid-division, weakened before 11th (Foinavon), soon tailed off, pulled up before 2 out
mid-division, blundered 11th (Foinavon), pushed along after 4 out, ridden before last, soon weakened
mid-division, unseated rider 9th
in touch, lost place before 4 out, tailed off
mid-division, fell 12th (Canal)
mid-division, headway 10th,(Bechers), led last, ridden and headed elbow, kept on same pace in 3rd
tracked leaders, fell 12th (Canal)
Always behind, struggling before 6th, pulled up before 10th (Bechers)
mid-division, headway before 11th, blundered 4 out, weakened before last
tracked leaders, outpaced 12th (Canal), headway 3 out, kept on same pace from 2 out
in touch on outer, lost place after 3rd, blundered 7th, rider lost iron, pulled up before next
chased leaders, ridden from 2 out, weakened after last
towards rear, plugged on from 3 out, never dangerous
behind, unseated rider 14th
tracked leader, led from 3rd (Chair), blundered 8th, headed and unseated rider 9th
behind, struggling from 5th, unseated rider 8th
On The Fringe won this in 2015 and 2016 but was pulled up last year. Now 13, he’s undoubtedly on a downward spiral and he was among a number of these who finished unplaced in last month’s Cheltenham Foxhunter. Unioniste, Sir Jack Yeats and Warden Hill were all behind, however, and Wonderful Charm, Wells De Lune and Vincitore all failed to complete, which doesn’t bode well for their chances here. GRAND VISION and last year’s runner-up Balnaslow finished sixth and seventh respectively at Cheltenham but the former was in the van throughout which suggests he might do better dropped in distance. Colin Tizzard’s grey jumps for fun and should enjoy himself over these fences if he gets into an early rhythm. He’s won handicaps at Lingfield and Wincanton this year so is clearly in good heart. Rouge Et Blanc could give Pippa Glanville a good ride if in the mood but Barrakilla disappointed at Warwick after trouncing Wells De Lune at Bangor. Eddies Miracle has a decent strike-rate but has not raced at this level before. Guy Disney becomes the first amputee to ride in this but it’s hard to see his mount Gallery Exhibition playing a part in proceedings.
Balnaslow (IRE) 28-1 (12-0) Held up in rear, headway under pressure after 3 out, chased leaders on inside after next, ridden and kept on flat, not pace to reach leaders, 7th of 24, 7 1/4l behind Pacha Du Polder (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f (2) sft in Mar.
Barrakilla (IRE) 1-2fav (12-2) Tracked winner, pushed along before 5 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 3, 14l behind Galway Jack (12-6) at Warwick 2m 4f (6) sft in Mar.
Bear's Affair (IRE) 7-2 (12-2) Held up towards rear, not fluent 10th, headway next, stayed on same pace from 4 out, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Premier Portrait (12-2) at Taunton 2m 7f (6) sft in Jan.
Bound For Glory (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) (tt) hdwy 10; led 15 til hdd & wknd app last, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Monsieur Gibraltar (11-7) at Charlton Horethorne 3m sft in Mar.
Curraigflemens (IRE) 2-1 (12-5) (cp) led to 3; led 6; rdn clr 2 out; just held on, won at Horseheath 3m gs in Mar beating Ardkilly Witness (12-0) by shd, 4 ran.
Distime (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Led to 1 & 3 out til hdd last; no ex flat, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Battle Dust (12-0) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m sft in Feb.
Eddies Miracle (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Soon raced in 2nd, closed and on terms after 3 out, led next, pushed out and stayed on well to assert run-in, comfortably, won at Down Royal 2m 4f hvy in Mar beating Clondaw Frisby (12-0) by 5l, 6 ran.
Gallery Exhibition (IRE) 11-2 (12-4) Held up, headway 9th, every chance 16th, mistake 4 out, weakened before next, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 22l behind Wonderful Charm (12-4) at Musselburgh 3m 3f (5) sft in Feb.
Grand Vision (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd at 17th, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced, ridden after next, kept on same pace, 6th of 24, 6 1/2l behind Pacha Du Polder (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f (2) sft in Mar.
Greensalt (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Led after 1st, headed 6th, led next, headed 4 out, no impression on winner flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Duhallow Tornado (11-12) at Catterick 3m 1f (5) sft in Mar.
Lilbitluso (IRE) 2-5fav (12-7) Hdwy 11; ev ch 3 out; wknd app last, 2nd of 5, 14l behind Late Romantic (12-0) at Bangor-on-dee 3m in Feb.
Mon Parrain (FR) 7-4 (11-11) (cp) chsd wnr to 10; outpcd 14; stayed on wl 2 out, 3rd of 4, 6 1/2l behind Arthur's Secret (12-0) at Hackwood Park 3m sft in Mar.
Never Complain (IRE) 9-1 (12-2) Slowly away, in rear, headway from 4th, 5th 4 out, went 2nd briefly flat, 3rd and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Argot (12-2) at Leicester 2m (5) hvy in Mar.
On The Fringe (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) In touch on inside, lost place 5 out, 9th 3 out, headway under pressure between last 2, never reached leaders, weakened final 100 yards, 9th of 24, 17 3/4l behind Pacha Du Polder (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f (2) sft in Mar.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 5-1 (12-2) Prominent, bumped 1st, led 5th, headed 3 out, held flat, plugged on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Argot (12-2) at Leicester 2m (5) hvy in Mar.
Sir Jack Yeats (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Prominent, mistake 3rd, dropped to mid-division 6th, outpaced 3 out, well beaten when blundered next, 12th of 24, dist behind Pacha Du Polder (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f (2) sft in Mar.
Unioniste (FR) 4-7fav (12-6) Tracked leaders, soon went 2nd, led 4 out, clear before and left alone before 3 out, won at Wincanton 3m 1f (6) hvy in Mar
Warden Hill (IRE) 100-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 16th to next, lost place 4 out, weakened after 3 out, finish tired, walked over line, 15th of 24, dist behind Pacha Du Polder (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f (2) sft in Mar.
Wells De Lune (FR) 50-1 (12-0) In touch, led 6th, hit and headed 13th, lost place 16th, behind 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, at Cheltenham 3m 2f (2) sft in Mar.
Winged Crusader (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Led to 3 & 7-10; lost plce 12; rallied 3 out; one pce, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Nine Altars (11-0) at Overton 3m gs in Mar.
Wonderful Charm (FR) 11-2 (12-0) Always towards rear, struggling 15th, tailed off when pulled up before 18th, at Cheltenham 3m 2f (2) sft in Mar.
Vincitore (FR) 7-1 (11-7) (tt) chsd ldrs; one-pcd 2 out, 4th of 8, 5l behind Beat The Tide (11-7) at Lockinge 3m in Apr.