A winner at Warwick on his debut, Russe Blanc has a penalty to overcome today, as does Themilanhorse, who scored at Newton Abbot last month. The latter looks capable of better still but may find GLOBAL FELLA too good. Nicky Henderson's charge was beaten only a length by Medinas on his debut at Newbury and can take this with normal improvement. Grove Pride also made a promising debut when second at Cork in November and has since joined Henry Daly, while Noble Perk was runner-up over C&D in January and is one of many alternatives to consider in an open race.
Russe Blanc (FR) 14-1 (10-7) Soon in touch, pushed along 6f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on well, won at Warwick 2m nhf (6) hvy in Jan beating Roll The Dice (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Canopy Of Stars 13-2 (11-4) Held up in 6th, pushed along over 5f out, ridden in 4th 4f out, one pace final 2f, 4th of 8, 13l behind Sertao (11-4) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (5) sft in Mar.
Gizzit (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Mid-division, took keen hold, ridden and weakened 6f out, tailed off when pulled up inside final 3f, in a race won by Ambion Wood (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Global Fella (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) In touch, chased leaders going well over 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, green and hung left over 2f out, led narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Medinas (10-8) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Great Gusto (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, effort over 2f out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 22l behind Fingal Bay (11-4) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (5) sft in Feb.
Grove Pride 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon moderate 2nd, kept on without threatening easy winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Mississippi River (11-7) at Cork 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
I Know The Code (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, hung left and challenged 2f out, soon led, headed over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Twirling Magnet (11-10) at Worcester 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) gd in Oct.
Marshal Zhukov (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Stdy hdwy 11; jnd ldrs 15; led aft 2 out til hdd nr fin, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Harry The Viking (12-0) at Larkhill 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Noble Perk 11-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, headway over 3f out, challenged 2f out, soon ridden, every chance when upsides winner final 100 yards, just held close home, 2nd of 6, hd behind Saint Luke (11-12) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Slightly Hot 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, ridden to chase winner 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Ambion Wood (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Themilanhorse (IRE) 6-4fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 9f out, led 5f out, clear when reminder 2f out, stayed on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) gs in Mar beating Hayjack (11-11) by 5l, 10 ran.
Emperor's Choice (IRE) 5-2fav (10-8) In touch, pushed along 8f out, lost place and towards rear over 6f out, poor 10th approaching straight, stayed on under pressure final 2f, went modest 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Cresswell Melody (9-10) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Magnifique Etoile 66-1 (10-1) Held up mid-division, headway over 5f out, ridden over 3f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 18, 16l behind Montbazon (10-8) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (2) gd in Mar.
Theatre Guide (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 7l behind What A Warrior (10-7) at Warwick 1m 6f nhf (5) gs in Feb.