Maller Tree won a handicap over course and distance in January and ran his best race since when just collared by Viking Blond over 3m at Ffos Las earlier this month. He's the class act in this but not exactly reliable and we prefer REGAL D'ESTRUVAL. From the in-form Richard Newland yard, he won a similar race over 2m here last month and will be happier back over hurdles after falling over fences at Market Rasen last time. Edlomond has won a couple of claimers and can't be ignored while Broughtons Bandit drops into this grade for the time over timber.
Maller Tree 6-1 (11-0) Chased leader, led after 4 out, clear before next, reduced lead and hit 2 out, strongly pressed last, ridden flat, no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Viking Blond (11-1) at Ffos Las 3m sell (5) hvy.
Edlomond (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, headway 3rd, lost place 8th, still in touch at back of group before 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 24l behind Noche De Reyes (11-3) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Mar.
County Zen (FR) 16-1 (10-13) Tracked winner, ridden 6th, weakened soon after next, 7th of 9, well behind Regal D'estruval (10-10) at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Regal D'estruval (FR) 11-2 (11-11) Led until 7th, lost place before 4 out, weakened 2 out (normal 3 out), fell last (normal 2 out), in a race won by Tayarat (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd, 7 ran.
Broughtons Bandit 10-1 (11-5) With leader, left in narrow lead 4th, headed after 3 out, lost place when hampered next, not recover, pulled up before last, in a race won by Pure Style (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 9 ran.
Neverownup (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Led until 1st, headed before 6th, soon in rear, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by The Nephew (12-1) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep, 11 ran.
Stand Clear 11-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on and lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 16, 1 1/4l behind Exit To Freedom (9-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f (5) gs.
Celtic Legacy 40-1 (10-2) Towards rear, ridden over 6f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 12, 19l behind Empiracle (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct '12.