Stonethrower has a long absence to overcome but wouldn't be far away if fully wound-up. Former Paul Nicholls inmate Spock won a handicap for Alex Dunn at Worcester last summer and is another for the short-list but this looks easier than the race in which PENMORE HILL finished fourth at Musselburgh last month and Fred Hutsby's charge should get back to winning ways. Priceless Art has been in action between the flags and may be best of the rest.
Penmore Mill (IRE) 13-2 (11-13) Held up, closed before 5th, hit 11th, went 2nd next, led before 3 out, soon headed, mistake 2 out, one pace last, 4th of 12, 9l behind That's Rhythm (11-11) at Musselburgh 3m 3f hts chs (3) sft in Feb.
Spock (FR) 22-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 10, 10l behind Lucky Landing (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Stonethrower (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Mid-division on inside, headway 10th, not fluent 14th, no extra last, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Nodforms Violet (11-5) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Sep '12.
Priceless Art (IRE) 4-5 (12-0) Held up; hdwy 16; ev ch last; nt qckn flat, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Bravery Scotch (12-0) at Blankney 3m ptp gf in Feb.
Samenerve (FR) 11-1 (12-7) (cp) (tt) led til hdd 15; wknd qckly 4 out; to & pu 2 out, in a race won by Popaway (11-10) at Midlands Area Club 3m ptp gs in Feb, 7 ran.
Bell On Bike (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) (cp) prom to 5; strugg 11; to, 7th of 13, 44l behind Colonial Boy (12-0) at Cottesmore 3m ptp gs.
Karasakal (IRE) 33-1 (12-0) Led 6 til hdd 15; wknd app 2 out, 4th of 10, 28l behind Idole First (12-0) at Duke of Beaufort's 3m ptp gd.
Orfeo Conti (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Held up, not fluent 2nd, headway after 7th, outpaced 3 out, no impression after, mistake last, 4th of 9, 13l behind Pairc Na Gcapall (10-8) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.