DILDAR was struggling to keep tabs on the principles when unseating Ruby Walsh in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton last time but this represents a significant drop in grade for Paul Nicholls' juvenile and he is probably worth another chance getting 4lb from Lexi's Boy. The latter made all in an Ascot handicap earlier this month but may not want much more rain. Otto The Great made a pleasing UK debut behind Sadler's Risk at Kempton in January but may already need further and the other two look out of their depth.
Lexi's Boy (IRE) 3-1fav (10-11) Made all, jumped left 5th, brought stands' side when hit 2 out, in command when stumbled last, ridden out, won at Ascot 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) gd beating Creekside (11-0) by 3l, 10 ran.
Dildar (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leading trio, pushed along and went 3rd on long run to 2 out, ridden and no response approaching 2 out, dropped to 4th when blundered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Baby Mix (11-5) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl Grade 2 (1) gd in Feb, 8 ran.
Academy (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, went 3rd 3f out, outpaced by front pair over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Jameel (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep (flat).
Otto The Great (FR) 14-1 (10-9) Mid-division in touch, hampered 5th, headway 2 out (usual 3 out), chased leading pair before next, stayed on under pressure on long flat, went 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 17l behind Sadler's Risk (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Shisha Threesixty (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Rear of mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression in 7th 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 11, 7l behind Matjar (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Mar (flat).