It's hard to fancy the veteran Kercabellec from 21lb out of the handicap, while Doc Reason hasn't raced since pulling up twice in quick succession at Fontwell 18 months ago. King Of Leon was also pulled up on his latest outing over hurdles at Wincanton but is unexposed over fences and looks the main danger to BARDOLET's hopes of notching a quick double. Keith Reveley's charge finally came good over the larger obstacles at Catterick last week and should be good enough to defy his penalty as Absolute Shambles has shown nothing since winning off a higher mark over C&D in December 2009 and is now tried in a visor.
King of Leon (FR) 4-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Molly Round (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb, 14 ran.
Bardolet (IRE) 5-2fav (11-2) Held up in rear, headway approaching 14th, went 3rd 6 out, led 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Catterick 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd beating Feeling Peckish (9-10) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Doc Reason (IRE) 7-2fav (11-5) In touch until pulled up and dismounted before 7th, lame, in a race won by Majic Moments (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Oct '09, 9 ran.
Absolute Shambles 11-2 (11-10) Tendency to hang right, led and driven into some fences, joined 13th, not fluent and headed 15th, weakened after next, 4th of 6, 35l behind Ilewin Tom (10-0) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gd in Feb.
Kercabellec (FR) 66-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, blundered 3rd, lost place 6th, headway 4 out, ridden and stayed on from next, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Himrayn (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.