MAC HALEN won under today's conditional Adam Wedge at Taunton last month and ran well again for third when making a quick reappearance at Leicester. This is less competitive and Evan Williams' charge gets the vote. Tavalu is only a couple of pound higher than when scoring at Leicester in January, though he's been well beaten in a couple of starts since, while Paradise Expected has also struggled recently having won over a shorter trip at this track in December. Amazing Valour turned in a better effort at Southwell last time but Pancake remains out of sorts.
Pancake (FR) 14-1 (10-8) Led until mistake 1st, tracked leader, led again 4th, headed 4 out, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by The Shy Man (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 15 ran.
Mac Halen (IRE) 5-2 (10-8) With leader, led 2nd until mistake next, prominent, not much room and switched right before 4 out, no impression 2 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 5, 4l behind The Laodicean (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Feb.
Paradise Expected 14-1 (10-9) Held up, not fluent 1st, ridden approaching 4 out, never in contention, 7th of 16, 19l behind Kilvergan Boy (11-8) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Feb.
Tavalu (USA) 20-1 (9-7) In touch, lost place 6th, behind 10th, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Carabinier (11-8) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Feb.
Amazing Valour (IRE) 15-2 (9-9) Held up mid-division, headway 12th, kept on from 3 out, 4th of 12, 10l behind Raphiell (11-0) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Feb.