Haar has never won over fences in 17 attempts and connections won't be pleased with a 4lb rise for finishing second at Stratford. Noble Witness is probably better over further on more testing ground so this could be the time for LOCAL PRESENT to strike. He was in winning form late last summer on good going and most of his subsequent moderate efforts have come in much softer conditions. Avenging Ace has dropped to a fair mark and looks a threat but Ballyboker Boy may need more experience with just two runs over regulation fences to his credit.
Haar 6-1 (11-7) Always prominent, led 2nd to next, tracked leader, led again narrowly 2 out, soon ridden, headed flat, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Chiquilline (11-12) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Noble Witness (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, closed 5th, fell 11th, in a race won by Franklin Roosevelt (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb, 8 ran.
Chadford 40-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, hit 5th and lost place, well beaten from 11th, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Pensnett Bay (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Ballyboker Boy (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, with winner 3rd, ridden before 11th, no chance with winner from 3 out, lost 2nd place last, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Last Shot (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 1f 5yo nov hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Avenging Ace (IRE) 10-3fav (11-10) Prominent, took keen hold early, went 2nd from 2nd, close up 3 out, no extra before last, 4th of 10, 13l behind Great's Autrechene (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Russian Conquest 20-1 (10-3) Soon dropped to last trio, last and struggling 6th, never on terms after, tailed off, 5th of 8, 49l behind Sew On Target (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Himayna 33-1 (10-3) In touch, mistakes throughout, weakened 7th, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Miss Kalifa (11-1) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd, 6 ran.
Local Present (IRE) 3-1fav (10-3) Towards rear, pushed along before 6th, tailed off 3 out, 8th of 11, 19l behind Laughton Park (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Over And Above (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Close up and keen, pushed along after 4 out, kept on and just held for 3rd place near finish, 4th of 8, 22l behind Blazing Bull (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Grenoli (FR) 100-1 (10-9) With winner, weakened over 8f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Dolatulo (11-0) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.