There appears to be plenty of dead wood so we'll take a chance on the fitness of MAXI CHOP. The French import hasn't been seen since a major Cheltenham disappointment in December but two previous runs, notably when a very pleasing fourth at the same venue in a hot handicap won by Quick Jack, puts him clear of this opposition. Roberto Pegasus was three lengths behind in sixth on that occasion and is not expected to reverse placings on 3lb worse terms having really gone on from that run in two subsequent outings. Master Malt is being brought along very quietly by Jonjo O'Neill and should repay the kindness in time whilst something must have been amiss the last time with Old Chief as he did show some promise on debut.
Berties Coin 100-1 (11-0) Chased winner until before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind My Guardian Angel (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Camp Kerala 5-1 (12-0) Mid div, 8th from 6out, cl 6th aftr 4out until sl closer when fell 3out, in a race won by Cecil Corbett (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May '12, 13 ran.
Darloa (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 24l behind Simon Squirrel (10-12) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Master Malt 11-4 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd before 4 out, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 9, 13l behind Stiff Upper Lip (10-9) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Maxi Chop (FR) 7-2fav (11-2) Held up, headway on outside when not fluent 4th, outpaced after 2 out, weakening when mistake last, 8th of 9, 45l behind The Skyfarmer (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Dec.
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Our Chief (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Led, headed over 5f out, weakened over 4f out, well tailed off, last of 7, well behind Blaklion (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Mar.
Roberto Pegasus (USA) 2-1fav (11-0) Chased leaders, effort after 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 10, 9l behind Hint Of Mint (11-6) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Rocket Scientist 80-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, lost place after 3 out, jumped left and well beaten 2 out, 9th of 11, 34l behind Paradise Valley (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Stella's Fella 50-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led, ridden before 2 out, headed well before hitting last, no chance with winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Nordic Quest (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Thats Yer Man (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, jumped left and bumped 1st, not fluent
The Sweetener (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Held up behind, outpaced over 4f out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 27l behind Son Of Suzie (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Minister Of Mayhem 50-1 (10-8) In touch, weakened 4 out, 9th of 12, well behind Kings Bandit (11-11) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Mutashabek (USA) 66-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, ridden and beaten before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 8th of 11, 31l behind Paradise Valley (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Precious Ground 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden and outpaced when edged left and right from over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind More Buck's (10-7) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Strictly The One (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden before
Calverleigh Court (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 5f out, last of 9, well behind Nurse Ratched (9-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in May '13.
Fireweld 100-1 (10-3) Led, headed about 10f out, pushed along over 5f out, soon tailed off, last of 12, well behind Champagne At Tara (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.