Gate Please finished a long way ahead of Bar A Mine here last time but has been disappointing overall. Dream Deal must have claims on his third to Horizontal Speed at Taunton while a switch to hurdles is likely to suit Ashford Wood but if VERMOUTH BLEU can reproduce his second over a shorter trip at Ludlow he should take all the beating under a 10lb claimer. Flying Eagle had decent bumper form and could also figure if taking to hurdles.
Ashford Wood (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway before 4f out, ridden over 2f out, plugged on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 14l behind Foryourinformation (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Bar A Mine (FR) 6-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 50l behind Horatio Hornblower (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Dream Deal 4-1 (10-12) Chased winner until before 3 out, chased leading pair until after 3 out, rallied to modest 3rd final 110 yards, 3rd of 14, 11l behind Horizontal Speed (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Flying Eagle (IRE) 4-5fav (11-4) Led and set steady pace, driven 4f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Clan Chief (10-11) at Ayr 2m cond NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Fuse Wire 150-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, chased leaders 4th, weakened 2 out, 6th of 11, 18l behind Attwaal (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) sft.
Gair Leat (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Twrds rr & ww, 14th at 7th, prog in 8th 6out & further prog 4out, ld when fell with ev ch 3out, in a race won by Heavenly Brook (12-0) at Inch 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '11, 16 ran.
Gate Please (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Led, headed after 2nd, chased leader, led 3 out, soon headed, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 9, 29l behind Horatio Hornblower (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Lightning Moley (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Big Hands Harry (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Pelcomb Bridge 14-1 (11-7) (tt) a bhnd; to, 8th of 11, 45l behind Copper Carroll (11-7) at Bonvilston 3m ptp in May '10.
Serious Mixture 125-1 (10-12) Mid-division on inside, weakening when blundered badly 3 out, 17th of 21, well behind Oscar Hoof (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Thomastown (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Chased leaders 10f, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Zulu Oscar (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Vermouth Bleu (FR) 17-2 (10-6) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, mistake 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on same pace and held by winner flat, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Bodega (11-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.