FAIRWOOD PRESENT won a similar event at Ludlow when last seen in May last year and is the one to beat if at his best on his first outing since. Haka Dancer's best form entitles to him to consideration and Point Proven has claims on his earlier placed efforts in Ireland. Restless D'Artaix won at Plumpton back in 2009 but has had just the two runs since and Shalamiyr looks a bigger danger on his recent fourth at Ludlow. Gardasee hasn't raced under Rules since 2008 and was pulled up in a point-to-point race in January.
Fairwood Present (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Held up, headway 7th, slightly outpaced before 4 out, rallied 3 out, led next, wandered approaching last, edged left flat, all out, won at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) gd in May beating High Skies (11-3) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Gardasee (GER) 12-1 (11-0) (cp) led til hdd & wknd qckly aft 13; pu 16, in a race won by Rathcor (11-0) at Thorpe Lodge 3m ptp gd in Jan, 12 ran.
Haka Dancer (USA) 7-1 (10-1) Always behind, 4th of 6, 39l behind Farleigh House (11-4) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Point Proven (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 9th until after 3 out, no extra last, 4th of 8, 14l behind The Polomoche (11-13) at Huntingdon 3m hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Restless D'artaix (FR) 5-1 (12-0) Gd hdwy 12; wknd rap aft 3 out, 9th of 11, 33l behind Any The Wiser (12-0) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd in Dec.
Shalamiyr (FR) 50-1 (11-7) Held up, headway 11th, no impression on leaders before 4 out, pressing for 3rd when mistake 3 out, 4th of 9, 17l behind Fresh Air And Fun (11-12) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) gd in Feb.