Takeroc ran well before fading into third in the closing stages at Sandown last time. He'll be on the premises with a similar effort but LATERLY is just preferred. Steve Gollings' charge finished a creditable third behind Toubab in better company at Doncaster last month and the handicapper has given him a chance dropping him 3lb in the weights. Cadoudalas showed the benefit of a slide down the handicap with a better effort at Chepstow last time but Lord Singer has gone off the boil of late after a string of placed efforts earlier in the season. Coolbeg has shown recent signs of a resurgence and looks best of the rest.
Takeroc (FR) 14-1 (11-8) Led, pressed from 4 out, ridden and joined next, headed 2 out, no impression when lost 2nd before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Olympian Boy (10-4) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Laterly (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Close up in chasing group, headway approaching 7th, jumped slowly 4 out, stayed on to moderate 3rd at the last, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Toubab (11-12) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Mar.
Nobunaga 5-1 (11-9) Chased clear leader until 3rd, chased leading pair, not fluent 6th, ridden when dropped to 4th and blundered 4 out, soon struggling, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Sublime Talent (10-10) at Taunton 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) sft in Feb.
Mister Matt (IRE) 80-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 20, 27l behind Nadiya De La Vega (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.
Cadoudalas (FR) 9-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, challenged 6th, led approaching 5 out, hedaed 3 out, 3rd and looking held when bad mistake last, weakened into 4th flat, 4th of 8, 11l behind Kilcrea Asla (9-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Mar.
Lord Singer (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Held up in last pair, steady headway approaching 11th, chasing leaders when hampered on inside bend after 4 out, one pace under pressure and no real impression next, 5th of 8, 23l behind Speedy Bruere (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Anay Turge (FR) 25-1 (10-8) Chasing leaders when blundered and unseated rider 7th (water), in a race won by Olympian Boy (10-4) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb, 9 ran.
Lucy's Legend (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Last pair, dropped to rear 8th, struggling after, tailed off, 7th of 8, 34l behind Midnight Sail (11-11) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Coolbeg (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Chased leading trio, left 3rd at 2nd, led briefly 4 out, chased leading pair, led 2 out, ridden and headed final 135 yards, no extra in 3rd final 75 yards, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Greywell Boy (11-5) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.