SHREWD INVESTMENT's half-length second to Pentiffic at Warwick looks the best recent form and Laura Thomas' charge should go one better here. Siro Demur beat Delta Borget by more than three lengths at Leicester but there may not be much between the pair today on the revised terms. King Of Alcatraz is lightly-raced under Rules but Spock is a seasoned campaigner, though is making his hunter chase debut today and hasn't raced since October. Sound Stage has been in action between the flags but is starting to look a light of former days.
Spock (FR) 22-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 10, 10l behind Lucky Landing (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
King Of Alcatraz (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Hdwy 8; chsd wnr aft 15; one pce 2 out, 2nd of 3, 3l behind Byerley Bear (11-0) at Western 3m ptp gd.
Shrewd Investment 33-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, bumped 1st, mistake 6th, went 2nd 10th, challenged 2 out, led last, headed close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Pentiffic (12-3) at Warwick 2m 4f hts chs (6) gs.
Siro Demur (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led 4 out, jumped left when drawing clear 2 out, went left again last, pushed out, won at Leicester 2m hts chs (6) sft beating Delta Borget (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Delta Borget (FR) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway from 3 out, went 2nd last, stayed on, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Siro Demur (11-7) at Leicester 2m hts chs (6) sft.
Noble Ben (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Held up behind, close up halfway, chased leading pair 13th, no chance from 5 out, weakened and lost remote 3rd 2 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Qrackers (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) sft in Feb, 7 ran.
Restezen D'armor (FR) 14-1 (11-7) Led until mistake 2nd, stayed handy, mistake 3 out, beaten in 4th from next, 4th of 5, 14l behind Double Bank (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f hts chs (6) hvy in Feb.
Sound Stage 5-1 (11-0) Trckd wnr til ur 13, in a race won by Gwanako (11-0) at Blackmore & Sparkford Vale 3m ptp gs, 3 ran.