ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES is chasing a hat-trick after consecutive victories at Bangor and Newton Abbot. Chris Gordon's gelding is climbing the weights but can't be ignored in a race that won't take much winning and appears to have the beating of the disappointing Gallimaufry on recent form. Elegant Olive races off the same mark as when successful over C&D in January but that was on a softer surface and she's disappointed lately on good to firm. Zepnove has rarely looked like winning over hurdles or fences lately and the remainder are a modest bunch.
Absolute Shambles 8-1 (10-3) Slow 1st, tracked leaders, led before 10th, soon driven, clear before 2 out, eased near finish, won at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs beating Will If I Want (11-10) by 9l, 12 ran.
Father Figure (USA) 25-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, led 2nd, hit next, soon headed, stayed prominent, every chance 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 8, 47l behind Smokey Oakey (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Elegant Olive 50-1 (11-9) Held up mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 18, 26l behind Surfboard (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf.
Carmela Maria 40-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway after 8th, weakened approaching 2 out, 9th of 14, 41l behind Kristallo (10-9) at Southwell 3m clm hdl (5) gd.
Knock Boy (IRE) 9-2 (10-5) Mid-division, improved to chase winner 13th, ridden and not look resolute over 2 out, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 8, 9l behind King Cyrus (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gf in May '09.
Pride of Mine 20-1 (10-1) In touch, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 18, 46l behind Dover's Hill (11-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Apr '09.
Zepnove (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Prominent, jumped left and not fluent 3rd, lost place quickly after 5th, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Henri Prends Garde (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf, 8 ran.
Gallimaufry 11-4fav (9-12) In touch, lost place after 6th, no danger after, 7th of 13, 25l behind Absolute Shambles (10-4) at Bangor 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.
Poppy Gregg 14-1 (10-13) Hampered 1st, behind, tailed off 8th, blundered next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Safe Investment (10-13) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Jul, 12 ran.
Act Gold (GER) 33-1 (11-0) In rear, jumped right 3rd, mistake 7th, soon well behind, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Strong Soul (11-0) at Worcester 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Commanche Dawn 9-1 (9-9) Tended to jump left, in rear, struggling 14th, plugged on, tailed off, 5th of 6, 39l behind Ilewin Tom (10-0) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gd in Feb.