Tarraco was surprisingly well beaten at odds-on at Ffos Las after winning easily at Plumpton. He's gone up a further 9lb since so has to be worth taking on here with the quicker surface also a potential problem. Smart Exit disappointed at Towcester last month when attempting a follow-up at the course. He's another who might struggle on the ground but it will suit PRINCELY HERO, who could be the answer to this if recapturing his best form over course and distance. Danners has got nowhere near in four starts so far under Rules and Best Boy Barney hasn't taken to fences.
Danners (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, mistake 5th, went 2nd 8th, led 12th until before 5 out, soon led again, headed when mistake 4 out, beaten 2 out, 2nd of 3, 43l behind Bob Ford (10-9) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (4) sft.
Tarraco (FR) 8-11fav (11-6) Mistakes, chased leading pair, mistake 5th, mistake and reminder 7th, not fluent next, pushed along after 14th, well held before mistake next, never going pace to get on terms, lost poor 3rd 2 out, 4th of 8, 35l behind Tom Bach (10-0) at Ffos Las 3m cond hcp chs (5) sft.
Smart Exit (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders on inside, blundered 11th, hit next, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace until no extra last, 4th of 7, 24l behind Nail 'm (11-10) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Princely Hero (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 3rd until 14th, outpaced next, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 4, 20l behind Itoldyou (11-2) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Best Boy Barney (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Chased leader until before 5th, soon pushed along chasing leaders, lost place on long run to 3 out, driven along and weakened soon after 3 out, 7th of 11, 13l behind The Last Bridge (10-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.