It was soft ground when CHEAT THE CHEATER finished third at Chepstow recently. A conditional's 10lb claim will help him plough through the mud here and he gets the vote. Long Wave also ran well when third at Uttoxeter on last month's reappearance and both the above have a fitness advantage over Titchwood, a bumper winner at this track in March and having his first start since. Point-to-point winners Safferano and King Massini are others to note.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Mostly chased leader until lost 2nd briefly before 4 out, soon 2nd again until after 3 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd from next, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Shotgun Paddy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Cornerhouse Sam (IRE) 11-2 (12-0) (tt) mists; went 3rd 15; wknd nxt, 5th of 11, 17l behind Moscow Me (11-7) at Lower Machen 3m ptp gs in May.
King Massini (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Held up behind, headway before 2 out, weakened before and mistake last, 5th of 9, 28l behind Bucking The Trend (11-0) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Behind, blundered 3rd, tailed off 5th, refused before 7th, in a race won by Awaywiththegreys (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct, 10 ran.
Long Wave (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, jumped right 2nd, closed 4th, went 2nd after next, ridden 3 out, one pace in 3rd when not fluent last, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Grouse Lodge (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Safferano (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Alw pr, ld 3out, row, won at Bennettsbridge 3m ire ptp gs in Feb beating Missing The Babe (12-0) by 5l, 11 ran.
Titchwood (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, challenged going well over 4f out, led over 2f out, came clear final 2f, easily, won at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (5) sft in Mar beating Ubique (11-3) by 7l, 11 ran.
Who Am I 66-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, mistake and well beaten 5th, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind At Fishers Cross (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.