Tarbeck was a winner at Hereford when last seen at the track though that was just over a year ago. He'll find this tough going on his return while What An Oscar failed to complete either side of winning at Uttoxeter and it's anybody's guess what mood he'll be in. STOW looks a safer proposition all round as he handles heavy ground, looks capable of winning off his current mark and is dropped in class. Pension Plan is another hard to predict type and Gran Torino has shown nothing in three starts so far this year.
What An Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Prominent, ridden and lost place before 6th, well behind next, pulled up after, in a race won by Bondage (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct, 23 ran.
Tarbeck 66-1 (10-12) Made all, pressed from 2 out, soon ridden, kept on gamely, held on well last 50 yards, won at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Miss Milborne (10-5) by 3l, 13 ran.
Stow 5-2fav (10-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, led 3 out, ridden and headed when hit 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 9, 10l behind Le Beau Bai (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Gran Torino (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, not much room on inner before bend after 1st, outpaced 4 out, plugged on and in 4th and well held when mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by San Telm (11-9) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 13 ran.
Pension Plan 5-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, fell 9th, in a race won by Wiesentraum (11-10) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Feb, 9 ran.