Refusal may well enjoy the drop back to 2m having failed to quicken when third over 2m5f here 10 days ago. Le Grand Chene was raised 9lb after winning at Chepstow but is another with solid claims while Morgan's Bay should confirm Ludlow running with the disappointing To Live and may be capable of some improvement. STARSKY DES MOTTES has done enough this season to suggest he can land a race like this and he gets the nod with Unwanted Gift little better than a plater and both Great Kicker and Rebel High lacking a recent run.
Great Kicker (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, went 4th before 4 out, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 6, 30l behind Sagredo (11-12) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jun.
Starsky Des Mottes (FR) 10-3 (11-7) Held up in 5th, blundered 3rd, headway on outside 4 out, chased leader next until after 2 out, soon ridden, weakened into 4th flat, 4th of 6, 11l behind Tara Rose (11-11) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Refusal 11-2 (11-10) Prominent, challenged after 11th, blundered 3 out, stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Great's Autrechene (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
To Live (FR) 5-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, mistake 3rd, ridden after 8th, lost place approaching 4 out where mistake, 10th of 12, 42l behind Oranger (9-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Morgan's Bay 7-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway after 8th, mistake 4 out, edged right approaching last, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 12, 7l behind Oranger (9-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 25-1 (10-11) In touch, smooth headway to track leading pair 5 out, left in narrow lead 2 out, drew readily clear flat, eased towards finish, won at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb beating Zen Factor (10-11) by 7l, 13 ran.
Unwanted Gift (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 4 out, every chance after 2 out, weakened flat, 5th of 13, 12l behind Be My Deputy (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Rebel High (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) With leader until before 5th, in 3rd and ridden before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Morestead (11-12) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.