Notarfbad carries a penalty for a recent win at Wincanton but is still preferred to Huntingdon scorer Ladies Dancing, who is also 7lb higher. Bab Al Salam is probably capable of better but might need this and Mount Hope disappointed when made favourite at Catterick last time. SIR FREDLOT is only a four-year-old but this will be his third run against older horses so he doesn't lack experience. He's not without ability either and, eased a couple of pounds since finishing fourth at Plumpton, might be worth an interest on this sharp track.
Notarfbad (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Made all, soon 8 lengths clear, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft beating Umberto D'olivate (11-12) by 7l, 7 ran.
Bab Al Salam (USA) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, soon switched right, every chance 2 out, mistake last, no extra flat, 4th of 14, 7l behind Hold Court (10-12) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Ut Majeur Aulmes (FR) 66-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 5th of 11, 27l behind Minella Forfitness (11-8) at Doncaster 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gd in Feb.
Oyster Shell 8-1 (10-12) Led, hit 3 out, headed next, one pace flat, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Hefner (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Ladies Dancing 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd or 4th, headway 3 out, challenged after 2 out, led last, stayed on well, won at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar beating Tiny Tenor (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Mount Hope (IRE) 7-4fav (11-10) Led, hit 3rd, not fluent next, mistake 6th, headed 2 out, no extra before last, 6th of 13, 16l behind Vinetta (10-6) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
In The Crowd (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Mid-division on outside, lost place before 3 out, soon behind, tailed off next, last of 16, well behind Calculated Risk (11-12) at Ascot 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo) (3) gd.
Sir Fredlot (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, outpaced after next, stayed on before last, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 8l behind Tornado In Milan (11-10) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Electric Tiger (GER) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 45l behind Mauricetheathlete (10-12) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Turn The Tide 40-1 (9-13) In rear, saddle slipped and pulled up after 3rd, in a race won by Lauberhorn (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar, 9 ran.