Stow has won three of his last four in this grade and has the highest official rating but Michael Blake's nine-year-old is undoubtedly better with plenty of give in the ground and may struggle to keep tabs on DOVILS DATE if Tim Vaughan's charge is in the same mood as when making all in a handicap over a shorter trip here two weeks ago. Takeroc, a 119-rated chaser, isn't out of this but isn't getting any younger. Regal D'Estruval easily won a Fakenham seller 10 days ago but has it all to do here on these terms.
Regal D'estruval (FR) 15-2 (10-10) Made most, clear 3rd, increased lead 3 out, unchallenged, won at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gd beating Monroe Park (10-8) by 14l, 9 ran.
Dovils Date 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, led after 1st, made rest, hit 3rd, good jump 2 out, soon clear, easily, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft beating Foggy's Wall (11-9) by 7l, 4 ran.
Stow Evensfav (11-5) Made all, pushed along after 3 out, clear before next, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Taunton 2m 3f sell hdl (5) hvy in Feb beating Arrayan (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Final Flyer (IRE) 66-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 6th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Watt Broderick (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 12 ran.
Kagouillot (FR) 100-1 (10-9) With leader, led 2nd until 4th, ridden and weakened well before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, 48l behind Bodega (11-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Takeroc (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Held up behind in touch, mistake 2nd, outpaced 5 out, soon ridden and lost touch, blundered 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Last Shot (11-9) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec, 6 ran.