Last Shot continues to be thereabouts but has now had seven attempts to get off the mark over fences and gets little respite from the handicapper. Five Rivers was third over course and distance in the autumn but well beaten over a longer trip here last month while Midnight Macarena is still 5lb higher than when winning a weak race at Bangor in December. SMOKEY GEORGE won at Exeter in November and was only beaten seven lengths off his new mark at Wincanton subsequently, despite finishing sixth of the eight runners. This looks a good opportunity to get back on track, though the lightly-raced Twyford is worth noting if attracting market support.
Haar 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leader who soon went clear, not fluent 1st, disputing close 2nd 4 out, mistake 3 out, no extra flat, 4th of 7, 9l behind Sum Laff (11-1) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Oct.
Last Shot (FR) 3-1fav (11-9) Pressed leader, led 1st, headed 2 out, one pace towards finish, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Oranger (9-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Five Rivers (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, hampered 2nd, jumped left 6th, hit 15th, brief effort 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 48l behind Arbeo (10-11) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Feb.
Time Do (FR) 7-2 (11-3) Pressed winner on outside, mistake 9th, under pressure when hit 11th, 4th and struggling before 14th, tailed off when pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Sulpius (10-8) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan, 5 ran.
Midnight Macarena 15-8fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, jumped right 6th, led next, mistake and headed 15th, ridden 3 out, stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 4, 5l behind Overnight Fame (11-9) at Southwell 3m Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gs in Feb.
Trifollet 33-1 (11-2) Held up, headway on inside after 3rd, lost place approaching 6th, closed when mistake 3 out, no extra when mistake 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 15, well behind Xaarcet (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
Smokey George 7-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, slow 8th, headway to chase leading trio before 3 out, went 3rd next, staying on same pace when stumbled and lost 3rd last, weakened flat, 6th of 8, 7l behind Handtheprizeover (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Amroth Bay 15-2 (11-1) Led until 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Reginaldinho (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Twyford 100-1 (11-2) Held up behind, outpaced before 4 out, soon weakened, went right last, 7th of 11, well behind Rebel Rebellion (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f beg chs (3) gs in Oct.
Croco Mister (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, went 2nd 8th, led next, headed before 10th, led 11th until 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 8, 43l behind Rouge Et Blanc (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.