SAROQUE was always travelling easily before scoring at Wetherby and a 7lb rise doesn't look enough to prevent the progressive gelding going in again. Chemistry Master makes his handicap debut after impressing in a Wincanton maiden while the lack of a recent run won't be a concern for Watergate Bay, who won a novice hurdle at Taunton on his only start under Rules in 2011. Ballinahow Star enters the fray in excellent shape having easily landed a novices' hurdle at Wincanton but Xaarcet has suffered in the weights after completing a hat-trick in heavy conditions.
Hayjack 11-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, hit 1st and stumbled, ridden after 3 out, no extra last, 6th of 10, 11l behind Art Professor (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Watergate Bay (IRE) 11-4 (10-9) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 2 out, chased leader, led run-in, kept on well, won at Taunton 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Nov '11 beating Monturgeon (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Trackmate 40-1 (11-10) Always in rear, weakened 3 out, 8th of 9, 49l behind Sixty Something (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Chemistry Master 16-1 (10-12) Always prominent, led after 3 out, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Rayvin Black (10-7) by 4l, 15 ran.
Phone Home (IRE) 17-2 (11-0) Always behind, raced wide, never a factor, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Kaylif Aramis (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar, 10 ran.
Ballinahow Star (IRE) 1-4fav (11-3) Tracked leader, led 2 out, easily, won at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating Brockwell Park (10-7) by 7l, 5 ran.
Xaarcet (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leader until 4th, every chance 2 out, 3rd and one pace before last, 3rd of 6, 8l behind In The Crowd (10-2) at Wincanton 2m Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb.
Shannon Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Pecked 1st, in touch, reminders after 3rd, badly outpaced and dropped towards rear 4th, only 6th and plenty to do jumping last, strong run flat, went 2nd final 50 yards, closed on tiring winner, just failed, 2nd of 11, ns behind Rowlestone Lad (11-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Henry King (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Led, mistake 1st, ridden and headed before 2 out, chased leading pair until weakened between last 2, 9th of 12, 29l behind Be All Man (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb.
Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 10-1 (10-13) Led, tried to stop went left and headed 5th, chased leader, mistake 9th, pressing winner when fell 12th, in a race won by Shuil Royale (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Mar, 7 ran.
Saroque (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Prominent, led 3 out, hard ridden last, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec beating Lukey Luke (10-0) by 5l, 10 ran.
Tzora 8-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway on wide outside 5th, chased leaders next, driven in 5th after 3 out, hung right under pressure and no extra before 2 out, 5th of 8, 15l behind Seventh Sky (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Lord Protector (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, went 2nd before 3rd, ridden and no chance with from winner 2 out, kept on for 2nd, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Shotavodka (11-9) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 9-4fav (10-0) Led and soon clear, reduced lead before 3 out, headed well before next, soon ridden, lost 2nd 2 out, stayed on same pace and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Decimus (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar.
Tail of The Bank (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced 11th, weakened and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Rouge Et Blanc (10-0) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb, 11 ran.