Jack Bene won over a shorter trip here in February and ran well for third in an amateur riders' race over 3m2f at Wincanton at the start of the month. But he would have preferred a softer surface and MOROMAN has been in great form between the flags lately. He has a progressive profile and can make a winning debut under Rules. Otto The Great won twice over hurdles for Nicky Henderson but has been struggling to get his head in front in point-to-points and looks vulnerable again here. Benheir has shown little since leaving Rebecca Curtis' stable in the autumn.
Jack Bene (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Close up, blundered and led 2nd, headed before and hampered 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Savant Bleu (11-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f am chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Otto The Great (FR) 8-1 (12-5) Hdwy 9; led 4 out til hdd last; no ex flat, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Ice Cool Benny (12-5) at Atherstone 3m ptp gs.
Benheir (IRE) 10-1 (12-5) In tch to 9; to & pu 15, in a race won by Macklin (12-5) at East Essex 3m ptp gd in Mar, 6 ran.
Moroman (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Made all; ro on wl, won at Horseheath Hunts Club 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Milled (12-5) by 6l, 11 ran.
Picabo Kid (USA) 12-1 (11-0) A wl bhnd, last of 4, 25l behind Ockey De Neulliac (11-0) at Brocklesby 3m ptp gf in Mar.
Thornleigh Ben (IRE) 3-1 (12-3) Prom; led 15 til fell 2 out, in a race won by Volcan Surprise (12-0) at East Essex 3m ptp gd in Mar, 11 ran.