Craiglands has spurned easier opportunities than this and has a bit to find with Classic Case and Basford Ben on collateral form involving Towcester winner Cosway Spirit. Phoenix Des Mottes easily beat Timpo over 3m2f at Southwell in December and had Quayside Court well behind when second over a shorter trip at Market Rasen last time but would have preferred better ground. HANDSOME BUDDY isn't an easy ride but had the stamina to win over 3m5f at Warwick last month and, though 6lb higher, could easily follow up as Kyles Faith may struggle to last home.
Very Stylish (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Held up in rear, but in touch, slow 6th, pushed along 12th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up 14th, in a race won by Acrai Rua (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Kyles Faith (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, reminder before 10th, soon lost place, outpaced in moderate 3rd after 2 out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Little Jimmy (10-7) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Bruslini (FR) 66-1 (11-10) Mid-division, lost place after 4th, behind from 10th, 8th of 9, well behind Carli King (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Handsome Buddy (IRE) 11-4fav (10-13) Held up in rear but in touch, mistakes 6th and 12th, steady headway 15th, chased leaders 17th, went 3rd 4 out, 2nd next, driven to challenge between last 2, led last, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Mar beating Get Ready To Go (9-12) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Classic Case (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Mid-division, mistake 6th, headway 10th, 3rd and one pace before 2 out, rallied to chase winner approaching last, no impression, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Cosway Spirit (11-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Basford Ben 4-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, outpaced 14th, stayed on approaching last, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 15l behind Cosway Spirit (11-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Timpo (FR) 3-1fav (11-9) In touch on outside, lost place 14th, struggling 16th, left 3rd when hampered 4 out, soon no chance with front pair, continued tailed off, 3rd of 8, well behind Phoenix Des Mottes (9-9) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Dec.
Bill The Lad (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Held up, pushed along when not fluent 8th, mistake next, modest headway 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 19l behind Riddlestown (11-6) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Doubletoilntrouble (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway approaching 12th, ridden after 14th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 11, 45l behind Cosway Spirit (11-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Craiglands (IRE) 5-2fav (11-1) Held up in last trio, pushed along after 8th, driven in 4th after 3 out, went 3rd approaching next, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 7, 23l behind Cosway Spirit (10-10) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 8-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, led before 5th until after 7th, every chance 3 out, no impression on winner last, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Roc De Guye (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Quayside Court (IRE) 6-1 (10-1) Prominent, led 2nd until after 10th, ridden 4 out, not fluent when 3rd and one pace 3 out, weakened flat, 5th of 7, 20l behind Phoenix Des Mottes (9-10) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.