The Great Alfie has won two of his last three starts including a soft ground victory over today's trip at Exeter when last seen at the track. But that was over two year's ago now and his fitness has to be taken on trust. Harouet scored over C&D last November and will have come on for his recent comeback run over fences at Fakenham, but BEN'S FOLLY will also have improved for last month's reappearance at this track. He showed good progress last year with four wins over timber and can can back on the winning trail here. The remainder are hard to fancy with possibly Gilwen Glory coming out best of them.
Ben's Folly (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Always in rear, 7th of 9, 41l behind Palace Jester (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Harouet (FR) 9-1 (11-2) Jumped poorly throughout, in rear, stumbled badly on landing 10th, plugged on, never on terms, 4th of 12, 45l behind Frontier Spirit (11-3) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Natural Action 7-2 (11-9) Tracked leading pair, mistake 6th, went 2nd 4 out, no chance with winner and tailed off when fell last, in a race won by Lively Baron (11-2) at Southwell 3m nov chs (4) gd in Nov, 4 ran.
Gilwen Glory (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, hit 6th, soon lost place, 6th of 18, 33l behind Mauricetheathlete (9-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy.
The Great Alfie 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led approaching 3 out, strongly pressed, stayed on, won at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov '09 beating Clyffe Hanger (11-2) by nk, 14 ran.
Saint Luke (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Prominent early, tracked leaders, lost place 6th, behind after 7th, tailed off, 7th of 16, well behind Thehillofuisneach (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Timetoring 7-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, pushed along and weakened quickly after 3rd, 4th of 6, 42l behind Mountainous (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy.
Freeline Fury 14-1 (11-9) Behind when blundered almost fell gave rider no chance and unseated 3rd, in a race won by Kilcommon Pride (11-4) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft, 9 ran.