made all, not fluent 6th, hit 10th, came clear from out unchallenged
always last, hit 10th and 13th, ridden and beaten before 2 out, closed on 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner
chased winner throughout, not fluent 2nd, no impression from 2 out
Providing a fall at Cheltenham has had no lasting effects, AZZERTI is impossible to oppose against three rivals who have much to prove. Mr Palmtree has point-to-point experience so should make a better chaser than hurdler and may be the one for forecast-backers.
Azzerti (FR) 5-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, slow 3rd, headway to chase leaders when fell 3 out, at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (2) gs in Jan.
Change Ur Tune (IRE) 22-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, lost place from 5th, well behind 8th, pulled up before 3 out, at Exeter 2m 6f hcp (5) hvy in Dec.
Mr Palmtree (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Held up behind, pushed along after 4 out, never involved, 6th of 12, dist behind The Captains Inn (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f (4) gd in Jan.
Highland Life 33-1 (10-6) Always behind, under pressure 7th, never a factor, pulled up before last, at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp (4) gs in Apr.