Dundee is gradually getting there but the handicapper has raised him 5lb since his second at Newbury. Many Stars won easily at Huntingdon but none of those behind have franked the form and the handicapper has taken no chances. Lieutenant Miller has spurned easier chances but Forward Flight could find further improvement stepping up again in distance and See Double You has been in good form over fences. Finaghy Ayr beat Bescot Springs over course and distance five weeks ago and is actually 4lb better off today. MASTERLEADERMAN ran green again when only fourth at Newcastle last time but still has scope and should be capable of a bold showing in this as Vivaldi Collonges has been disappointing so far.
Many Stars (IRE) 5-4fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, led before 3 out, clear before last, kept on well, won at Huntingdon 3m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Royal Palladium (11-3) by 12l, 7 ran.
Problema Tic (FR) 25-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, modest headway when mistake 3 out, no impression and soon well beaten, 10th of 23, 40l behind Spring Heeled (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f (2) gd in Mar.
Howizee 11-1 (9-9) Close up, mistake 7th, weakened 3 out, behind when pulled up next, in a race won by Kaki De La Pree (10-6) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Lieutenant Miller 4-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, stumbled on bend after 2nd, hung left and headway from after 3 out, went 4th flat, no impression on leaders, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Like Minded (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Vivaldi Collonges (FR) 15-8fav (11-4) Prominent, not fluent 4 out, not fluent 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon left 3rd, no impression, 3rd of 5, 26l behind Royal Player (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) sft in Feb.
Forward Flight (IRE) 13-8 (10-6) In touch in 4th, headway before 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, led before last, ridden run-in, held on towards finish, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Mar beating Man With Van (11-9) by nk, 5 ran.
Dundee 5-1fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3 out, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on flat, went 2nd final 150 yards, unable to challenge winner, 2nd of 17, 1 1/2l behind Mister Newby (11-9) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
See Double You (IRE) 11-8fav (11-4) Tracked leader, with leader 5th, led before 6th, headed before 9th, led again and mistake 4 out, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Mar beating Badger Foot (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 3 ran.
Bescot Springs (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 6 out, clear before last, ridden out, won at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar beating High Kite (10-6) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Merrydown (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) In rear, outpaced before 6 out, some headway 3 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 8, 36l behind Wayward Glance (11-4) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Masterleaderman (IRE) 9-2fav (10-8) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 8, 13l behind Wayward Glance (11-4) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Finaghy Ayr (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) In touch in 4th, lost place when hampered on rail on bend after 5th, headway next, led 4 out, ridden before last, just held on, won at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Mar beating Bescot Springs (11-7) by shd, 7 ran.
Jim Bowie (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Towards rear, slight mistake 1st, progress into 7th at 6th, improved to 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, no impression before 2 out, kept on run-in to 2nd last 100 yards, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Preswell Lad (10-7) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 sft in Mar.