VIRAK has his first run in this country since arriving from France but looked a nice prospect when scoring by 12 lengths at Pau in January and the four-year-old is proven on heavy ground. He's preferred to Warwick winner Cloudingstar, who also has plenty of scope but looks a stayer in the making. Sonoftheking has been placed in a point-to-point and a bumper and looks the pick of the remainder on his hurdles bow, though Voltchesko hinted at ability when fourth at Wincanton and might appreciate the extra 3f.
Cloudingstar (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Held up, not fluent 2nd, headway 7th, challenged 2 out, led approaching last, driven clear final 100 yards, ran on well, won at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft beating Boss In Boots (11-1) by 4l, 10 ran.
Carheney River (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) In rear, weakened before 8th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Southfield Theatre (11-3) at Exeter 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 9 ran.
Kalani King (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Held up in rear and keen, headway to chase leaders before 4 out, soon weakened, last of 10, well behind Midnight Oscar (10-12) at Doncaster 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Sonoftheking (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) In touch, took keen hold, led over 2f out, soon hard ridden, headed over 1f, no extra, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Anteros (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Upton Wood 66-1 (11-1) Raced wide, held up in last pair, hung left on bend and reminders before 6th, went 3rd after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, last of 5, 35l behind Ugly Bug (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Virak (FR) 7-2 (10-10) won at Pau(FR) 2m 1f 4yo hdl hvy in Jan beating Verigoud (10-5) by 12l, 11 ran.
Voltchesko (FR) 11-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, headway after 3 out, ridden in 4th before next, stayed on same pace, 4th of 10, 26l behind Quick Decisson (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.