Back-to-back victories at Southwell and Stratford prove that Zelos Diktator is in good heart, though he's been raised 8lb since his latest success and drops in distance on quicker ground here. Despite finishing second at Fontwell earlier this month, Bellosguardo was still beaten 11 lengths while Chilworth Screamer needs some help from the handicapper. WESTERN KATE has a good chance of reversing Stratford form with Zelos Diktator on the revised terms and will certainly appreciate the better going. With Harry Derham claiming 5lb, she gets a tentative vote in a race that won't take much winning.
Murfreesboro 33-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, 34l behind Drussell (11-2) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Chilworth Screamer 3-1 (10-7) With leader, jumped left 1st, led and jumped left next, headed 3 out, soon beaten, 4th of 5, 22l behind All Annalena (11-12) at Towcester 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Western Kate (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) In touch on outside, challenged and every chance when mistake 2 out, soon outpaced, ridden between last 2, no impression when lost 2nd last, weakened into 4th flat, 4th of 11, 10l behind Zelos Diktator (10-8) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Sure Thing (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Led, not fluent 2nd, clear before 4th until after 6th, headed approaching 3 out, soon beaten, 9th of 15, 45l behind Descaro (10-10) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd.
Bellosguardo 3-1 (11-5) Chased leading pair until lost place before 3rd, reminder after 5th, went 4th before 3 out, stayed on to 2nd before 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Goochypoochyprader (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Perfect Timing 5-1 (11-7) Held up, headway 2nd, close up when not fluent 2nd, led soon after, headed before 3 out, not fluent 2 out, mistake last, no extra and lost 2 places flat, 4th of 14, 9l behind Earcomesthedream (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Cowbridge (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along in mid-division 5th, driven and weakened 8th, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Darley Sun (11-0) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Zelos Diktator 8-1 (10-8) With leader, led narrowly approaching 2 out, 3 lengths clear last, ridden and held on flat, won at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs beating Master Cardor Visa (11-1) by 1l, 11 ran.
Lombardy Boy (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Behind, outpaced and struggling over 9f out, 9th of 12, 41l behind Jeano De Toulouse (11-0) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.
Trifollet 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division, outpaced 7th, never on terms, 7th of 11, 18l behind Tara Tavey (10-5) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Handford Henry (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In rear, headway before 2 out, soon went 4th, no impression, 4th of 7, 41l behind Sergeant Dick (11-1) at Southwell 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Phar Away Island (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Towards rear, mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Laughton Park (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar, 11 ran.
Cunning Plan (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, hit 5th ridden before 7th, hit 4 out, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Superciliary (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Vinnie's Girl (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Mid-division, reminder before and badly hampered 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Typhon De Guye (11-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov, 16 ran.
Highland River 10-1 (11-6) Tracked leading trio, not fluent 5th, blundered 6th and next, blundered and weakened 8th, tailed off when pulled up approaching 2 out (normal 3 out), in a race won by Red Anchor (11-1) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Bob Lewis 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division, not fluent 7th, ridden and headway after 3 out, no extra next, 9th of 11, 38l behind Midnight Whisper (11-7) at Taunton 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Flame Of Dixie (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, hampered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Signed Request (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 16 ran.
Roseini (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before next, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 8l behind Arkaim (11-10) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.