NOBBY KIVAMBO continues to run well but gets little respite from the handicapper as a result. This, however, looks such an ordinary contest that it would be no surprise if Brendan Powell's top weight were finally to get the reward his consistency deserves. Credible opposition looks thin on the ground but veteran Toni Alcala has always had stamina in abundance and will have needed his comeback run over C&D last month. More Equity is often placed but still 3lb higher than her last winning mark while Burnthill may do better when his attention is switched to the larger obstacles.
Nobby Kivambo (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Led, went left 5th and next, pressed from 2 out, narrow lead when mistake and headed soon after last, no impression when dropped to 3rd final 150 yards, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Jump Up (10-13) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
More Equity 8-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, ridden after 4 out, headway from 3 out, stayed on, no impression, 6th of 10, 17l behind Everaard (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jan.
No More Prisoners (IRE) 22-1 (9-9) Held up in last pair until unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Victory Gunner (10-10) at Folkestone 3m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft, 7 ran.
M'lady Rousseur (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Chased leaders on outside, not fluent 2nd, ridden and lost place afer 5th, not fluent 7th, soon struggling, stayed on same pace approachhing last, 5th of 10, 20l behind Bunglasha Lady (11-1) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Willow Wren 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not much room bend after 5th, lost place after 7th, ridden and lost touch before 8th, pulled up after, in a race won by Bellflower Boy (11-4) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Toni Alcala 100-1 (10-6) In rear, mistake 2nd, ridden after 7th, behind next, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Premier Des Marais (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Feb.
Burnthill (IRE) 15-2 (10-1) Held up in bunch, tracking leaders when mistake 5th, jumped slowly 8th and lost place when slow again next, went 4th 3 out, no impression on leaders, jumped right 2 out, 4th of 9, 18l behind Whispering Jack (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Kirkum (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Soon detatched in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Camden (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan, 12 ran.