Alan King's French recruit AMERICAN LADIE reverts to novice company after just failing to catch Henry King in a Taunton handicap. She deserves a change of fortune and Charlie Huxley will ensure she gets a good ride. Nicky Henderson's newcomer to hurdling Dubai Crest will attract support despite his pedigree containing more sprinters than stayers but Solis looks to have more to do with a penalty for his recent C&D success. Kaolak is probably unfortunate not to have won a race but may have to settle for a place again, while Red Merlin was a major disappointment at Musselburgh last time after a poor round of jumping. Gary Moore's ex-Irish Swift Lord, a winning bumper at Downpatrick in 2009, was having his first start for a year when runner-up in a chase at Folkestone last month but showed some promise on his only start over timber last year.
Solis 16-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, hit 4th, ridden and headway approaching and hampered 2 out, led before last, kept on well towards finish, won at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jan beating Exotic Man (10-5) by 2l, 11 ran.
Dubai Crest 7-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway on inside to track leaders over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Dark Promise (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec (flat).
Faith Keeper (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Raced wide, led until after 2nd, settled 3rd until lost place before 5th, struggling before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 27l behind Sprinter Sacre (11-7) at Ascot 2m nov hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Kaolak (USA) 11-10fav (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 5th, led after 4 out, ridden before last, kept on, caught close home, 2nd of 13, shd behind Silverlord (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Red Merlin (IRE) 5-4fav (11-4) Prominent, blundered 4 out, soon weakened, hampered before 2 out, 8th of 12, 28l behind Waldvogel (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Stronghaven (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Behind from halfway, soon weakened, 12th of 14, well behind Ballybriggan (10-13) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar '09.
Swift Lord (IRE) 7-4 (11-0) Took keen hold, raced on inside, held up in close 6th, headway to 3rd at 9th, chased winner 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon held, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Native Gallery (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 5f mdn chs (5) gd in Feb.
Ursus 200-1 (11-2) Always in rear, driven when mistake 3 out, weakening when slipped up before next, in a race won by Desert Cry (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 10 ran.
Vitruvian Man 50-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, never a factor, 8th of 14, 40l behind Brampour (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd in Feb.
American Ladie 4-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5th, challenged 2 out, upsides and every chance last, kept on under pressure flat, always held, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Henry King (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
Grey Garth (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Behind and soon outpaced, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 21l behind The Human League (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Jun '09 (flat).
Masterful Act (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Held up, headway on outer over 3f out, led over 1f out, soon clear, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Money Money Money (9-6) by 9l, 11 ran (flat).