EDMUND KEAN has to concede weight to his four rivals but he won nicely on his debut over fences and should improve further. He'll get every inch of this trip but stamina may be an issue for The Romford Pele. A P McCoy's mount is the form pick on three runs behind smart novice chasers but he looked a non-stayer when tried over 3m1f over hurdles at Newbury last year. Wilton Milan's chase career to date has been blighted by errors and Shays River's form figures are also littered with letters rather than numbers but the mare Miss Milborne may be suited by going right-handed and should have learned plenty from last month's run at Newbury.
Edmund Kean (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Always prominent, led 7th, headed after next, led 13th until after 14th, led again 4 out, stayed on well, won at Leicester 2m 7f (3) sft in Jan beating Whats Happening (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Shays River (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, pulled up before last, in a race won by Horatio Hornblower (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy, 9 ran.
The Romford Pele (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Ini rear and in touch, left 3rd from 8th, challenged 3 out, no extra from 2 out, 3rd of 4, 10l behind Wonderful Charm (11-8) at Newbury 2m 4f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov.
Wilton Milan (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) With leader, led from 1st, headed 8th, tracked leader, led 12th, headed next, a close 2nd when fell 4 out, in a race won by Bertie Boru (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f (3) hvy in Jan, 5 ran.
Miss Milborne 3-1 (10-12) Always last, pushed along after 6th (water), outpaced next, soon no chance, went right 10th and next, tailed off, last of 3, 37l behind Baby Shine (11-4) at Newbury 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Jan.