Suburban Bay is well treated on his hurdles form but hasn't shown the same aptitude for fences so far, though he was well backed for a competitive handicap at Haydock last time and is probably thought capable of better. Spirit Of Barbados appears to have it all to do under top weight but Carabinier is back over a more suitable distance following his fourth at Ffos Las and Quazy De Joie doesn't run many bad races, though returns from a break. Monsieur Jourdain may also need this but FARMER FRANK ran well for a long way on his reappearance here last month and will strip fitter now. Nick Kent's gelding gets a tentative vote ahead of Fontwell runner-up Iona Days and the lightly-weighted Investment Affair.
Spirit Of Barbados (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, challenged 12th, every chance 3 out, 3rd and beaten when mistake last, weakened flat, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Harouet (11-9) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Quazy de Joie (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, reminder after 14th, went 3rd 3 out, one pace when went left last, stayed on under pressure to 2nd post, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Causing Chaos (11-10) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jan.
Suburban Bay 4-1fav (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway on inside after 9th, went 3rd before 4 out, soon ridden, went 2nd 2 out until last, weakened flat, 5th of 15, 16l behind Sound Accord (10-4) at Haydock 2m 6f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
Carabinier (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 6th, led but hanging left from 14th, headed when mistake and stumbled 4 out, no extra in 3rd 3 out, weakened to 4th before last, 4th of 9, 22l behind Rockabilly (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Monsieur Jourdain (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 11th, with leader 14th, blundered 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 35l behind Outlaw Tom (11-9) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Magic Prospect (FR) 16-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, in 6th and one pace when blundered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Valento (10-11) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr, 20 ran.
Iona Days (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Held up in 5th, steady headway from 4 out, challenging in 3rd 2 out, chased winner soon after, every chance last, slightly short of room flat, soon one pace and held, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind General Kutuzov (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Farmer Frank 12-1 (11-1) Held up behind in touch, headway 9th, effort to challenge on outside approaching 3 out to next, ridden and no impression before last, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Ballyallia Man (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Acrai Rua (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, pushed along 11th, ridden after 12th, soon weakened, 7th of 11, well behind Apache Blue (10-9) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Investment Affair (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 12th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 7, 34l behind Farewellatmidnight (10-0) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Springfield Raki 3-1fav (11-2) Close up, ridden and headway 4 out, stayed on to chase winner approaching last, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Phoenix Des Mottes (10-4) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.