This is the biggest test so far over hurdles for Legacy Gold but the stable has had a terrific week and she is still progressing. David Pipe has three other runners, however, and none of them are without hope. Empire Levant might appreciate the drop in class while Special Catch still has some scope. Seventh Sign sprang a surprise at Doncaster last month and Carrigmorna King is back over hurdles for the first time since winning at Wincanton in the autumn, though Chepstow scorer Lord Protector looks the stable's first pick. Portway Flyer and Another Hero have had a good season but the handicapper looks to have slipped up by easing IMPERIAL LEADER in the weights. His third to Fingal Bay at Exeter looks very good form now and he was earlier second in a Grade 2 at Ascot.
Seventh Sign 22-1 (11-9) Prominent, ridden to lead before last, kept on strongly, won at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb beating Matthew Riley (11-8) by 5l, 13 ran.
Special Catch (IRE) 10-3 (11-3) In rear, headway before 2 out, went 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Runswick Royal (11-3) at Kelso 2m 2f hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Benbane Head (USA) 9-4fav (11-2) Chased leader, led 5f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost 2nd 2f out, ridden and no extra in 4th over 1f out, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Dawn Commander (11-2) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Legacy Gold (IRE) 1-6fav (11-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 4th, led gang well 2 out, in command before last, pushed along and stayed on well flat, comfortably, won at Exeter 2m 1f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Revaader (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Prideofthecastle (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Made all, clear when not fluent 2 out, soon edged left, went right and not fluent last, stayed on, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb beating Art Professor (11-0) by 4l, 6 ran.
Carrigmorna King (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Always towards rear, 5th of 8, 24l behind Night In Milan (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Dec.
Empire Levant (USA) 5-4fav (11-0) Tracked leading trio, went 3rd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Earls Quarter (11-0) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Drum Valley 6-1 (11-4) In touch, headway to chase leaders 7th, pushed along and chance 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 4th of 11, 7l behind Mister Dillon (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Dec.
Home Run (GER) 11-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 6, 24l behind Saphir Du Rheu (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f ltd hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Golden Hoof (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Behind, mistake 2nd, slow 4th, soon pushed along, weakened 4 out, 11th of 12, 41l behind Moujik Borget (11-1) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Lord Of Scotland (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Held up behind, headway from 4th, went after 3 out, went 3rd and not fluent last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Kilcooley (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) sft in Feb.
Marcilhac (FR) 5-4fav (11-2) With leader, hit 5th, led before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, clear before last, ridden out, won at Plumpton 2m 5f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) hvy in Jan beating Brave Vic (10-13) by 1l, 5 ran.
Cannon Fodder 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, not fluent next, stayed on to take 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Mayfair Music (11-2) at Doncaster 3m mares Listed nov hdl (1) gd.
Portway Flyer (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, every chance 2 out, chased winner before last, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 10, 12l behind Vaniteux (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb.
Carole's Destrier 11-2 (10-6) In touch, lost place 7th, well beaten after next, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Fingal Bay (11-7) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Imperial Leader (IRE) 13-2 (10-8) Held up in touch, ridden approaching 2 out, close 3rd before last where not fluent, no extra flat, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Fingal Bay (11-7) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Another Hero (IRE) Evensfav (11-8) Held up in rear, headway to track leaders after 3rd, driven to challenge 2 out, led before last, stayed on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov beating Salto Chisco (10-12) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Lord Protector (IRE) 13-5fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge last, soon led, driven out, won at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb beating Somemothersdohavem (11-1) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Soon led and set good gallop, headed 4 out, no extra before 2 out, 5th of 15, 20l behind Kaylif Aramis (10-7) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Traditional Bob (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) In rear, blundered 8th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Changing Times (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f (3) sft in Dec '12, 7 ran.