Arthur's Oak's victory at Exeter has given out mixed messages. The fourth won next time but the second and third have both been well beaten since. Conceding 6lb, we are going to take on the Venetia Williams gelding with VIRTUEL D'OUDON. Another front-runner, the winning pointer never looked in any danger on his debut under Rules in a Plumpton bumper and looks capable of better. Ballyheigue Bay was a fair third to Sergeant Mattie on his hurdling debut at Plumpton and could be the one to profit should the market leaders take each other on.
Arthur's Oak 9-2 (11-4) With leader, led 3rd, clear after 2 out, ridden and stayed on well, won at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Castletown (11-4) by 7l, 14 ran.
A Keen Sense (GER) 40-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 14l behind Cogry (11-8) at Warwick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb.
Ballyheigue Bay (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Led, headed 4th, tracked winner, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Sergeant Mattie (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft.
Double U Dot Ede's 14-1 (10-6) Raced keenly, held up, closed on outside 2nd, mistake and reminder 4th, lost touch before 3 out, 4th of 6, well behind Lamps (11-7) at Stratford 2m 3f sll hdl (5) gs.
Eddy 66-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, outpaced over 5f out, plugged on from over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 38l behind Lily Waugh (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Montys Cash 125-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Many Stars (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs, 7 ran.
Virtuel D'oudon (FR) 7-4fav (11-4) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, eased close home, won at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Feb beating Mercers Court (11-1) by 4l, 7 ran.
Redinga 100-1 (10-10) Raced wide, held up in touch, fell 4th, in a race won by Cove (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 6f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs, 8 ran.