Halucha, who was sent off favourite at Market Rasen last month, and handicap debutant Dreamsoftheatre should be monitored for market interest in this. Lombardy Boy tries a new trip but was third here last time and preferred to Manadam and course winner The Wee Midget, who are returning from a lay-off. MARICO looked much improved at Plumpton and the runner-up ran well again at Worcester earlier this week. Tom Symonds' charge will be going up more than the 7lb extra he carries here and can record a quick follow-up as Little Carmela can't handle any kind of give in the ground.
Little Carmela 6-1 (11-12) Chased winner until after 8th, soon outpaced under pressure and no chance after, 4th of 6, 31l behind Indian Citizen (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Dreamsoftheatre (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along before 3rd, well beaten after 5th, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Top Gamble (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Manadam (FR) 6-4 (11-0) Pressed winner, lost 2nd 3 out, stayed on same pace, last of 3, 6l behind Monty's Revenge (11-5) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
The Wee Midget 5-1 (11-5) Led until 4th, tracked leaders, pushed along when hit 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up after next, in a race won by Overlay (10-0) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct, 11 ran.
Current Climate (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) In rear, driven along throughout, always struggling, 6th of 7, well behind Top Benefit (11-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.
Lombardy Boy (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Tracked clear leader to 4 out, 3rd and outpaced before 2 out, 4th and no impression before last, stayed on to regain 3rd final strides, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Sure Thing (11-12) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Dancing Teasel 16-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th or 5th, behind next, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Chilworth Screamer (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Halucha (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 3rd, rallied 3 out, stayed on, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 22l behind Knockanarrigan (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Brunette'sonly (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Held up, jumped slowly 8th, lost touch next, pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Bishophill Jack (11-3) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd, 8 ran.
El Jo (IRE) 5-2 (12-5) (v) a bhnd; to & pu 15, in a race won by Euro Farmer (12-0) at Old Berkshire 3m ptp gs in Apr, 8 ran.
Marico (FR) 16-1 (10-7) Hampered 1st, held up towards rear, closer order 4th, headway to chase leaders before 3 out, went 2nd before led 2 out, clear when blundered last, won at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Mumbles Pier (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Thefriendlygremlin 66-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, every chance before 2 out, one pace approaching last, 4th of 12, 12l behind Twelve Roses (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd.
First Of Never (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Towards rear, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Rattlin (10-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Music In The Air 22-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, hit 1st, led before 2nd, headed 2nd, tracked leader, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 10, 30l behind Starlight Air (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Westwire Toby (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along 9th, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 12, 47l behind Corky Dancer (10-0) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.