Cheat The Cheater was just touched off in a novices' handicap over course and distance last month. He finished a long way ahead of Nutin Fancy at Ffos Las earlier and has every chance of going one better today. Moorlands Mist is another with form at the track and could go close if handling the step up in trip while Silver Commander looks to be improving and appears to be the stable pick ahead of Regal Presence. Big Jer, Perfect Candidate and Master Todd are others to consider but VALLEY LAD should take all the beating if reproducing his second to Le Beau Bai in a much better race at Ffos Las in November, his only previous try over 3m.
A Heart Beats On (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Tracked leader, ridden and lost place 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 16l behind Benheir (10-7) at Towcester 2m nhf (6) gd in Nov '11.
Big Jer 10-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders before next, went 3rd just before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Buck's Bond (10-9) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, lost place after 4th, soon behind, ridden and headway under pressure before 3 out, chased leading pair next, challenged and every chance last, kept on, just held, 2nd of 12, nk behind Virginia Ash (11-3) at Chepstow 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb.
Lower Hope Dandy 3-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, bumped 3rd, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 14, well behind Midnight Prayer (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Lucky Sun 50-1 (11-1) Behind, reminder 2nd, in touch next, lost place 7th, soon behind, 10th of 12, well behind Virginia Ash (11-3) at Chepstow 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb.
Master Todd (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in mid-division, headway 4th, ridden when not fluent 2 out, went 2nd and mistake last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Minella Definitely (11-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Missing The Craic 100-1 (11-4) Always behind, tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Ericht (11-11) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Mongress Boy (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid div best, 7th 1/2way & wknd up 6out, to last when pu bef 5out, in a race won by Lanespark (11-4) at Avaune 3m ire ptp sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Moorlands Mist 14-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway after 6th, chased leading pair 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Annacotty (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Nutin Fancy (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place after 9th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 13, 44l behind Ugly Bug (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Perfect Candidate (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, jumped big early stages, went 6th 9th, stayed on from 2 out, not fluent last, went 3rd flat, should do better, 3rd of 9, 14l behind O'faolains Boy (10-11) at Bangor 3m nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Regal Presence (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 18, well behind Berkeley Barron (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs.
Silver Commander 11-1 (11-2) Prominent, ridden when mistake 2 out, stayed on same pace, closed on 3rd from last, 4th of 11, 10l behind Minella Definitely (11-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Sir Benfro 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, ridden in 5th after 7th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 16, well behind Whisky Yankee (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs.
Upton Oaks 66-1 (11-5) Always in rear, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Cool George (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) sft in Jan '12.
Valley Lad (IRE) 10-3fav (11-0) In touch, under pressure after 4th, mistake next, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 34l behind Stow (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.