This may be too competitive for Majorca King while Fruity O'Rooney looks as though he's starting to feel his age and fellow veteran Dashing George has found life tough since winning at Fakenham last month. Dolatulo should stay the longer trip but was disappointing in a bumper two runs ago before being outclassed over hurdles at Cheltenham. Benbens is chasing a hat-trick, however, after victories at Ludlow and Wincanton but this is a further step up in class off a 3lb higher mark. COURT BY SURPRISE has given out mixed messages over his stamina in recent races but there's a chance that today's drop in distance will suit and Emma Lavelle's charge can get back to winning ways as Forgotten Gold is always liable to make at least one major mistake and Renard D'Irlande probably needs to drop a further couple of pounds.
Forgotten Gold (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) With leader, led 13th, hard pressed 4 out, headed approaching last, switched left and ridden flat, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Firebird Flyer (10-12) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
Dolatulo (FR) 40-1 (11-1) Prominent, led before 5th, not fluent 7th, headed when hit 2 out, hung left and weakened before last, 20th of 24, well behind Don Poli (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) gd.
Court By Surprise (IRE) 11-2 (10-10) Chased leaders, lost place 13th, closed before 15th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 12, well behind Night In Milan (10-12) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd.
Benbens (IRE) 8-11fav (12-4) Tracked leading pair, not much room and pecked 12th, blundered 15th, 16th, 17th, and 4 out, 2nd before 3 out, ridden before led 2 out, 3 lengths ahead when mistake last, idled and driven run in, stayed on, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft beating Thomas Wild (11-2) by 2 1/4l, 3 ran.
Fruity O'Rooney 25-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, lost place next, soon weakened, 11th of 23, 18l behind Holywell (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs.
Renard D'irlande (FR) 15-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 10, 17l behind Bold Chief (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m (3) gs.
Dashing George (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) In rear, pushed along before 4th, soon struggling and tailed off when pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Galway Jack (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft, 6 ran.
Little Chip (IRE) 7-4 (11-10) Held up in touch in last, not fluent 1st, headway 11th, challenged next, led last, hung left flat, driven out, won at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Dec beating Tony Dinozzo (10-4) by 3l, 4 ran.
Majorica King (FR) 8-1 (10-11) Held up, mistake 1st, some headway when mistake 9th, well beaten from 4 out, jumped right 3 out, went remote 4th before 2 out, 4th of 6, 50l behind Benefit Cut (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) sft in Feb.