The progressive E STREET BOY looks the one to beat. David Pipe's hurdler got off the mark at Wincanton last Sunday before following up at Hereford during the week and looks to be getting off light with a 7lb penalty here before the handicapper has his say. Speedy Directa also makes a quick reappearance after victory at Hereford on Wednesday and Gainsborough Boy won at the same track on his latest start. Crackerjack Boy produced his best effort so far when runner-up over 2m here three weeks ago, while Lightening Fire is 9lb higher than when scoring at this track on his penultimate start.
Crackerjac Boy (USA) 12-1 (11-5) Prominent, not fluent 4th, ridden 4 out, chased winner approaching next, no impression before last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Form And Beauty (9-9) at Chepstow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
Silent Jo (JPN) 33-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, reminders before 5th, hampered 4 out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, well behind Ubi Ace (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
E Street Boy 5-6fav (11-7) Raced on inside, held up in mid-division, took closer order 4th, chased leaders next, tracked leader going well after 3 out, led 2 out, soon clear, kept up to work flat, won at Hereford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar beating Monty's Moon (10-1) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Jeanry (FR) 11-2 (11-2) Prominent, not fluent 5th, mistake and weakened 3 out, 10th of 14, 22l behind Ouest Eclair (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Mar.
Big Knickers 66-1 (11-0) Towards rear, hit 5th, struggling when went left 7th, tailed off, 7th of 16, well behind Way Back When (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Immense (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Chased eaders, modest 3rd when went right 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 8, 50l behind Spanish Cruise (11-8) at Exeter 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jan.
Attainable 28-1 (11-9) Always in rear, jumped slowly 4th, struggling when pulled up 6th, in a race won by Molly Round (10-7) at Taunton 3m mrs hcp hdl (5) gd in Feb, 12 ran.
Bob Casey (IRE) 2-1fav (11-1) Soon led, mistake 8th, soon headed, led again after next, headed 13th, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Cold Harbour (11-9) at Ffos Las 3m Conditional Handicap Chase (0-100) (5yo+) (4) gd in Mar.
Lightening Fire (IRE) 10-3 (10-7) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed 4 out, stayed challenging, led last, headed towards finish, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Spinning Waters (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
Speedy Directa (GER) 4-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, led 7th, ridden before last, driven and kept on well flat, won at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar beating Only Hope (10-8) by 4l, 8 ran.
Gainsborough's Art (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, headway 6th, driven to chase leaders after 3 out, ridden to challenge between last 2, led narrowly last, kept on to go clear final 110 yards, won at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar beating Welcome Stranger (11-5) by 4l, 7 ran.
King Kasyapa (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, mid-division, lost place when not fluent 6th, weakened approaching 4 out, 8th of 9, well behind Lightening Fire (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Mar.
Kings Story (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) Tracked leading pair until hit 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 7, 9l behind E Street Boy (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Mar.