Kuilsriver looks very well handicapped on last year's form and may well be the danger to OPEN HEARTED. The top weight tries his luck in handicaps after victories in maiden and novice company and can complete the hat-trick with Jeremiah McGrath good value for his 5lb claim. San Telm was an easy winner over 2m here last month and Strongly Suggested went close at Huntingdon last time and should be winning soon. Balding Banker also has claims on his best form, though was a little disappointing at Cheltenham last time.
Open Hearted 4-6fav (11-13) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and headway approaching 2 out, ridden to lead on long run to last, stayed on well and drew clear flat, won at Folkestone 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan beating Likeable Rogue (11-6) by 1l, 10 ran.
Teenage Kicks (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Prominent, ridden to lead approaching 8th, soon headed, weakened before 3 out, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Mad Moose (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) gs in Aug, 17 ran.
Castle Conflict (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up, mistake 2nd, headway 5th, pushed along and lost place after 6th, behind from next, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Cotton Mill (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) gs in Jan.
San Telm (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Tracked leader, led approaching 3 out, clear next, ran on well, won at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan beating All Annalena (10-12) by 24l, 8 ran.
Balding Banker (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, effort on outside between last 2, one pace when not fluent last, no impression flat, 6th of 9, 16l behind Darlan (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd in Dec.
Barnack 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden after 4 out, soon lost place, 10th of 16, 34l behind Hypnotic Gaze (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Chief Heckler (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) Took keen hold in last pair, headway on outside 5f out, chased leaders 4f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 9, 30l behind Hold Court (11-6) at Ludlow 2m cond NH flat (5) gs in Jan.
Forresters Folly 66-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, outpaced 3 out, never dangerous, tailed off, 5th of 10, well behind The Druids Nephew (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Jan.
Kuilsriver (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 6th of 19, 24l behind Swincombe Flame (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan.
Strongly Suggested 4-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, switched left after hurdle, kept on well towards finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Heather Royal (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Well Mett (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Mistake 5th, always in rear, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Merry King (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Black Dragon 33-1 (11-5) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, rapid headway after 2nd, led before next, wandered 5th, headed before last (usual 2 out), soon no chance with winner, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 11, 18l behind Sadler's Risk (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Jan.