held up, not fluent 6th or 11th, effort 15th, hit 4 out, went 2nd after next, led last, ridden clear
slowly away, jumped left, in rear, closed 3rd, went badly left and not fluent 4 out, soon beaten, again went badly left next, remote 3rd last
tracked leader, led 11th, headed after 12th, led again 13th, not fluent 2 out, headed last, no impression flat
tracked leaders, went long and jockey nearly off 2nd, pushed along after 11th, weakened before 2 out, lost remote 3rd and mistake last
led, jumped left 2nd, mistake next, headed 11th, led again after 12th until 13th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next
held up, closed 3rd, ridden before 9th, behind 12th, pulled up before next
Coeur Brule came home a tired-looking horse when still a good second at Fontwell on their recent hunter chase evening and therefore there must be slight concerns about the extra quarter of a mile he now faces. However, ground conditions should be far more to his liking now and he's likely to give a good account. The choice though is NATIVE PRIDE who has time on his side, remains lightly-raced but also boasts a most attractive piece of point-to-point form in the book when beating Ballyboker Bridge last year, since when the latter went on to run some really good races in Ireland last season, including a cross-country chase success in Punchestown. Fiddleesticks and Hill Of Gold could also contend but the market should prove the best signpost in such a specialist contest with hardly any form under Rules to assess.
Banksandditches (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Prom til wknd qckly 11; to & pu 15, in a race won by Desertmore Valley (12-0) at Essex 3m ptp gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Coeur Brule (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway on inside chasing leaders approaching 8th, led before 11th, headed 3 out, chased winner until after the last, rallied into 2nd again towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Full Trottle (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hts chs (6) gs.
Hill Of Gold (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Led to 2 & 13-15; ev ch last; no ex flat, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Tick Tock Tim (12-0) at Enfield Chace with Cambridgeshir 3m ptp gf.
Native Pride (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Prom til outpcd 13; rallied 15; no ex 2 out, 2nd of 8, 12l behind Thetalkinghorse (12-0) at Oakley 3m ptp gd in Mar.
Rocky Island (IRE) 6-4 (12-3) Chsd wnr til outpcd 3 out, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Lough Inch (12-3) at Belvoir 3m ptp gs in Mar.
Tompatpeg (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, weakened quickly before 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Full Trottle (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hts chs (6) gs, 12 ran.
Fiddleesticks (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) (tt) in tch to 14, 5th of 6, 29l behind Carnglave Cat (12-0) at Kimblewick 3m ptp gf in Apr.