Several of these have been chasing, with mixed results, and the likes of Minella Class, Royal Charm and Court In Session are probably best watched until showing signs of a revival. David Pipe saddles three but Fiulin needs to learn to settle while The Pier and Raslan have both been absent for a few months. Jetnova has gone back up in the weights since finishing third at Haydock and Native Gallery is 7lb higher than when second to Volador at Uttoxeter. First Fandango and Pateese may also be in the handicapper's grip but KANGAROO COURT finally appears to have been given a chance by the assessor as he's eased Emma Lavelle's charge a couple of pounds since he finished third at Doncaster last month. As that was his first run over hurdles for nine months, improvement can be expected and he gets the nod here on ground that will suit ahead of bottom weight Dancing Dude.
Minella Class (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Tracked leading pair, ridden and no impression when dropped to 4th before 4 out, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Cristal Bonus (11-0) at Kempton 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Feb, 6 ran.
First Fandango 28-1 (10-5) In touch, lost place 4 out, soon behind, 19th of 28, 39l behind Son Of Flicka (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Royal Charm (FR) 25-1 (10-13) Held up and off the pace, struggling before 14th, tailed off, 6th of 10, 48l behind Nacarat (11-8) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Feb.
Native Gallery (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, chased winner after 2 out, challenged last, held close home, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Volador (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Pateese (FR) 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, headway after next, stayed on flat, never able to trouble leaders, 7th of 24, 6l behind Attaglance (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar.
Kangaroo Court (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Held up towards rear and keen, mistake 7th, headway before 3 out, soon went 3rd, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Corkage (11-0) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar.
Red Not Blue (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Raced wide, held up, not fluent 4th, headway after 4 out, weakened approaching last, 11th of 19, 47l behind Dorset Square (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Jetnova (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, headway after 4 out, chased winner and hit 2 out, ridden before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Timesawastin (11-9) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Court In Session (IRE) 66-1 (10-8) Always behind, 23rd of 26, 25l behind Alderwood (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Fiulin 7-1 (11-7) Led, clear 3rd until not fluent 7th, jumped left 3 out, headed approaching 3 out, weakened before next, 13th of 16, well behind Kasbadali (11-0) at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
The Pier (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway after 6th, ridden to chase winner approaching last, no impression flat, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Star Of Angels (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Raslan 16-1 (10-3) Prominent, ridden after 9th, not pace of leaders before last, no extra flat, 4th of 19, 12l behind Dorset Square (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Dancing Dude (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Prominent, led 5th, headed approaching 2 out, weakened before last, tailed off, 5th of 13, 41l behind Shuil Royale (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Jan.