Lord Navits is chasing a four-timer but the handicapper might have him in his pocket now. Strongly Suggested returns from a break under top weight but still makes more appeal than the 10-year-old Ted Dolly. Noche De Reyes had every chance at Kempton on Saturday but Bullet Street went close at Sandown earlier this month and has to go on the short-list. BLACKWATER KING is very well treated on his hurdles form and his latest third at Catterick was his best effort yet over fences. This sharp track should suit Donald McCain's free-going type and he could take some pegging back.
Strongly Suggested 28-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, jumped slowly 2nd, ridden 7th, behind when blundered 9th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Oyster Shell (10-13) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Ted Dolly (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up off the pace in rear, headway to 4th after 5th, weakened 7th, tailed off, 5th of 7, 43l behind Paddy The Stout (10-4) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Lord Navits (IRE) 4-11fav (10-7) Made all, clear 4 out, easily, won at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft beating Elsafeer (11-0) by 9l, 4 ran.
Noche De Reyes (FR) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 4 out, soon headed, rallied after 2 out, weakened flat, 5th of 7, 4l behind Kitegen (11-0) at Kempton 2m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gs.
Bullet Street (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, jumped slowly 3rd, steady headway before 3 out, 3rd 3 out, chased winner between last 2, switched right approaching last, driven and kept on run in, always held, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Greywell Boy (11-9) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.
Come On Annie 7-4fav (9-11) Raced keenly, held up behind, headway 4 out, outpaced in 3rd approaching next, soon lost place, weakened 2 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Land Of Vic (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 5f (3) hvy in Feb.
Blackwater King (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along 4 out, no impression on leading pair, one pace, 3rd of 5, 15l behind Proud Times (11-7) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Edlomond (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Held up in touch, driven and outpaced before 3 out, went 3rd next, ridden and kept on flat, no chance with winner, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Arrayan (11-3) at Ludlow 2m clm hdl (4) hvy in Feb.