Deireadh Re is just about the form pick in this opener but his absence since December is a worry and he's proved a little disappointing over fences so far. Silver Commander is lightly raced and should be able to build on his second at Ludlow while Seven Woods hinted at ability in the autumn, though was due to run at Wincanton yesterday. AMERICAN SPIN raced with enthusiasm over hurdles and was highly tried last season after winning a competitive handicap at Haydock a year ago. If he takes to fences, he could take some pegging way around here as he stays further.
American Spin 66-1 (11-7) Led, headed before 3rd, lost place before 5th, weakened after 4 out, 9th of 13, 29l behind Solwhit (11-7) at Aintree 3m hdl G1 (1) gs in Apr.
Deireadh Re (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Held up in touch on inside, struggling 9th, lost touch and pulled up before 11th, in a race won by No Secrets (11-4) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Fitz Volonte 13-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, out of view before 6th, 6th when in view 11th, 5th 3 out, went modest 3rd latter stages, 3rd of 8, 30l behind El Dancer (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Mar.
Seven Woods (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Behind, headway into mid-division when hit 8th, outpaced when switched inside approaching 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 25l behind Rolling Aces (11-12) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Silver Commander 7-1 (10-12) Chased leader, hit 13th and 15th, challenged 3 out, upsides and every chance next, chased winner, readily held going to the last, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Bold Chief (10-9) at Ludlow 3m nov chs (3) gd in Apr.
Madame Jasmine 7-1 (10-5) Last trio, no chance in 5th when went right 3 out and last, 5th of 9, 31l behind Theatrical Star (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) gs in Apr.