Theatrical Star is the clear pick on form and enjoyed a morale-boosting victory at Exeter at the start of the month. But he has two ways of running and may not be one to take too short a price about. We'll take him on with the more reliable SUSTAINABILITY, who had no problem justifying short odds over course and distance last month and is sure to run his race again. Financial Climate appears to be improving but may do better back in handicaps while Madame Jasmine is best watched on her fencing bow.
Sustainability (IRE) 1-5fav (11-7) Prominent, jumped slowly 1st, led next, jumped slowly and headed next, led 5th until 9th, led 10th, clear 3 out, very easily, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) hvy in Mar beating Cool Cascade (10-7) by 12l, 4 ran.
Theatrical Star 11-4 (11-4) Made all, driven 2 out, ridden and stayed on well towards stands side rail flat, won at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (3) gd beating King Of The Night (10-12) by 6l, 6 ran.
Annesbrook (IRE) 100-1 (10-10) Raced keenly, led and soon clear, dived at 2nd, headed soon after 3rd, chased leader until 5th, weakened rapidly soon after, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Viva Steve (11-1) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Mar, 13 ran.
Budsson 66-1 (9-7) Keen hold in mid-division, ridden 5 out, soon beaten, 6th of 10, 38l behind Royal Kicks (10-12) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Feb.
Dr Thistle (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, prominent, lost place 7th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Loudmouth (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Financial Climate (IRE) 9-4 (11-3) Tracked leader, under pressure before 4 out, kept on, never able to challenge, 2nd of 4, 14l behind Galway Jack (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Inner Steel (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Held up in rear, steady headway 6th, chased winner 2 out, soon no chance, mistake last, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Who Owns Me (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Best Bette 20-1 (11-0) In rear, ridden 9th, mistake 11th, soon well behind, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Bennys Well (10-10) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jun, 11 ran.
Madame Jasmine 16-1 (11-6) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 13, 6l behind Minella Special (11-8) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.