Here's Herbie ran his best race so far at Taunton two weeks ago. He's only lightly-raced but a 5lb rise in the weights looks harsh. DUNGENESS was positively ridden over 2m at Plumpton last week but was collared at the last by the rallying Hold The Bucks and eased on the Flat. If ridden with more restraint, he could recoup losses here as Superciliary, though usually thereabouts, is still climbing the handicap despite not winning. All But Grey and Gallic Warrior are others with place claims but Royal Opera will probably need this.
Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened rapidly over 3f out, tailed off, 14th of 15, 28l behind Presenting Arms (10-9) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Green Belt Elite (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Disputed lead 3f, chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, last of 13, well behind My Tent Or Yours (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Feb.
Royal Opera 2-1 (11-5) Chased clear leader and clear of rest, closed after 3rd, led 5th, ridden and headed 2 out, chased winner, hampered on landing at last, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Meetings Man (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Gallic Warrior (FR) 9-1 (11-4) Mistake 1st, led until 2nd, chased leader until 4th, chased clear leading pair, slight peck 5th, ridden and lost 3rd well before 3 out, soon outpaced, mistake 2 out, went modest 4th at the last, 4th of 13, 33l behind Mountain King (11-4) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
All But Grey 14-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, not fluent 5th, pressing for 2nd next, every chance when mistake 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 14, 25l behind Milo Man (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
My Legal Lady 12-1 (11-6) With leaders, led briefly after 3rd, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, plugged on and no impression, 4th of 6, 15l behind Chasse En Mer (10-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Superciliary 9-2 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, chased clear pair before 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 10, 23l behind Bold Tara (9-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Monderon (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway after 2 out, never nearer, 7th of 13, 11l behind Mini Muck (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.
Here's Herbie 20-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway 5th, chased leaders 3 out, ridden and went 2nd final 100 yards, stayed on close home, not quite get up, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Join The Navy (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Dungeness 5-4fav (11-2) Led, pushed along and pressed on before 3 out, ridden before next, headed before last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Hold The Bucks (9-11) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Exmoor Mist 20-1 (11-4) Mid-division, mistake and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Milo Man (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.