It's been a difficult season for Henrietta Knight's stable and the Gold Cup-winning trainer must be wondering how to get a race out of Ballylifen, who has found one too good in his last four runs in bumpers and hurdles. The five-year-old may have to settle for a place again here behind BRASS TAX, who takes a huge drop in class after contesting a Grade 1 novice event at Cheltenham. On his second to the top-class Simonsig at Ascot in November, Ben Case's charge is the one to beat here. Frizzo is blinkered after finishing third at Hereford last time but has well beaten in three runs since finishing third at Fontwell in the autumn.
Agitation 200-1 (10-9) Always behind, not fluent 5th, soon tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind An Capall Mor (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Anywhere 250-1 (11-0) Soon well detatched in rear, tailed off halfway, 8th of 10, well behind Tindaro (11-0) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Ballylifen (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Prominent, led 4 out, hit next, ridden and joined 2 out, headed near finish, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Diamond Sweeper (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Bennys Well (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) In touch, effort to get in behind leaders 6th, weakened after 4 out, towards rear when blundered next, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Poole Master (11-5) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Brass Tax (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place when not much room 6th, soon weakened, tailed off, 15th of 17, well behind Simonsig (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Casco Bay (IRE) 28-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, reminders and weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Midnight Spirit (10-13) at Towcester 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb, 13 ran.
Farmer Matt (IRE) 11-4 (10-11) Held up, headway over 6f out, outpaced over 3f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Lataradud (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m cond NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Frizzo (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, hit 5th, went 3rd before 2 out, weakened soon after, 2 out, well beaten and eased when blundered last, 3rd of 10, 27l behind Triptico (11-10) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Jasperito 150-1 (10-10) Mid-division, went right 3rd, lost place approaching 6th, mistake next, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind It's A Gimme (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Larkhall 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, lost place and in rear before 4th, tailed off from 6th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Saga De Tercey (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf, 7 ran.
R Craig (IRE) 22-1 (10-11) Mid-division, lost place 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Captive Audience (10-13) at Bangor 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr '10, 11 ran.
Rosquero (FR) 250-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling before 3 out, plugged on to moderate 5th closing stages, 5th of 10, 27l behind Ile De Re (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Amazingreyce 250-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders until 3 out, 7th of 10, 30l behind Speed Steed (11-0) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Looselastic 50-1 (10-11) Tracked leader 8f, weakened 7f out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Themilanhorse (10-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) gs in Mar '11.
My Farmer Girl 50-1 (10-3) Held up in touch, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 44l behind Amron Lad (11-1) at Haydock 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.