Bible Lord was well backed at Kempton last month but never looked likely to justify that market support and trailed in well beaten. He's been dropped a further couple of pounds since but is probably best watched until showing signs of a return to form. Peplum caused an upset at Newbury last time but has been put up 9lb for his trouble and more interesting is the potentially well-treated SHADOW DANCER. This is his first attempt at a longer trip since chasing home Dastardly Dick at Uttoxeter in the autumn and Jonjo O'Neill's novice has a much higher rating over hurdles. Flemish Invader and Restezen D'Armor could also play a part from near the foot of the handicap and Max Bygraves should do better now his attention is switched back to the larger obstacles.
Qrackers (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Held up, headway 4th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Bugsy's Boy (10-4) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan, 9 ran.
The Snail 8-1 (11-7) Refused to race, in a race won by Polyfast (11-12) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan, 10 ran.
Hector's Choice (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven after 3 out, ridden next, 4th and one pace when sprawled badly last, not recover, 11th of 16, well behind Nearby (11-4) at Aintree 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Oct.
Peplum (FR) 50-1 (11-11) In touch, headway 9th, soon chased leaders, challenged and upsides 2 out, led soon after, clear before last, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan beating Flaming Gorge (11-12) by 8l, 10 ran.
Bible Lord (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Chased leaders on outside, hit 3rd, lost place 11th, 5th and outpaced when blundered next, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Polyfast (11-12) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Max Bygraves 7-2 (11-8) Held up mid-division on inner, ridden after 3 out to chase leaders, weakened before last, 6th of 10, 29l behind Lackamon (11-12) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
Mud Monkey 5-1 (10-12) Led until not fluent 5th, led next until 7th, hampered 8th, lost place after 13th, soon weakened, went left last 2, 5th of 9, 36l behind Forget It (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (3) sft in Jan.
Shadow Dancer (IRE) 3-1fav (11-7) Mid-division, in rear 7th, some headway approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 9, 45l behind Cadoudalas (11-5) at Hereford 2m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy in Jan.
Flemish Invader (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) In touch, driven and outpaced after 5 out, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Buffalo Bob (11-6) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Restezen D'armor (FR) 9-2 (10-6) Behind, headway into mid-division 8th, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, 12th of 15, well behind Only Vintage (10-11) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Tyup Pompey (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, lost place and ridden 7th, hampered next, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 38l behind Grand Lahou (11-2) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.