The Skyfarmer was only beaten a head by the well-regarded Red Sherlock on his debut under Rules at Ascot having already won a point-to-point. A repeat of that form should make him hard to beat here but it's difficult to ignore the terrific strike rate of Nicky Henderson's bumper horses here and WEST WIZARD has a nice pedigree. He's by leading NH sire King's Theatre and a half-brother to winners over hurdles and fences so gets the nod. Charles Hills has a rare NH runner in Crow Down and he must be interesting with McCoy doing the steering while Cloudy Lady should improve on her close fourth at Lingfield.
Bajardo (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, weakened 3f out, 3rd of 15, 30l behind Wadswick Court (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Fine Words 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 7th of 12, 20l behind Doctor Harper (11-9) at Sandown 2m NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Keltic Rhythm (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Pr, 3rd 3out, left 2nd 2out, ko sme pce from last, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Davy From Milan (12-0) at Monksgrange 3m ire ptp gs in Mar '12.
Minellaforleisure (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) In touch, headway over 3f out, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon faded, 6th of 16, 15l behind Purple Bay (10-7) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Feb.
Sweet Boy Vic (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, weakened over 5f out, 7th of 8, 28l behind Red Sherlock (10-11) at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) sft in Feb.
The Skyfarmer 10-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, headway to lead over 2f out, hard ridden when strongly challenged over 1f out, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, hd behind Red Sherlock (10-11) at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) sft in Feb.
Beat The Bounds Beat All gelding out of Regally.
Cloudy Lady 10-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division outpaced inside final 3f, rallied on inside over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 4th and going on close home, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Celestial Island (10-9) at Lingfield 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Cracker Mill 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and hung left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 5l behind Lurcher (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 4yo n h flat (6) std in Jan.
Crow Down (IRE) Oratorio gelding out of Louve Sereine.
Denbury Lad Mutazayid gelding out of Torridge Lily.
Spring Steel (IRE) Dushyantor gelding out of Fieldtown.
Storm Quest Storming Home mare out of Recherchee.
Talented Kid Teofilo gelding out of See You Later.
West Wizard (FR) King's Theatre gelding out of Queen's Diamond.
Hearson Lily Mutazayid filly out of Name That Tune.
Rosa Imperialis Imperial Dancer filly out of Motcombe.
The Pirate's Queen (IRE) King's Theatre filly out of Shivermetimber.