BELLA HAZE is a game front-running mare and she can defy the handicappers' attention to win again at the main expense of Have You Seen Me and Volador. She may have only beaten an 11-year-old French import last time out, but the manner of victory suggested she still has more to give. She gets this longer trip well, has a fine relationship with her jockey, and might just skip clear of her rivals and never come back. Fruity O'Rooney bolted up at Lingfield last time but the ground was desperate and a 10lb higher mark looks too stiff, Helpston ran well at Kempton last month and has some very solid novice form, whilst Volador still looks nicely-treated on 128 having beaten Fredo in January and this longer trip is definitely what he wants. Woolfall Treasure's form, both on the flat and over hurdles, looks solid, Ouzbeck and Silverburn are both chasers with a bit to prove at present, whilst Al Co is edging down the weights and looks a player. Daurica is 22lbs higher than when winning at Southwell last June, so bigger dangers may be Sangfroid and Have You Seen me who are both still on the upgrade, a comment that also applies to the consistent Right Option. Always Waining will be using this as a prep for Aintree, and so we will return to Bella Haze as the selection.
Silverburn (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 6th, narrow lead when blundered badly and fell 3 out, in a race won by Bertie May (10-7) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb, 8 ran.
Fruity O'Rooney 3-1fav (11-5) Chased leaders, led before 2 out, soon clear, stayed on strongly, won at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb beating The Boffinator (10-8) by 15l, 14 ran.
Helpston 13-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, hard ridden to challenge approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Clova Island (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Volador (IRE) 13-8 (11-12) Held up in mid-division, headway into 3rd 3 out, kept on same pace and no chance with front pair, 3rd of 11, 17l behind City Theatre (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb.
Woolfall Treasure 16-1 (10-6) Held up, towards rear, headway after 3 out, chased leaders from next, kept on, one pace flat, 3rd of 18, 5l behind Alfie Sherrin (11-4) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Feb.
Ouzbeck (FR) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, weakened from 2 out, 7th of 14, 35l behind Honest John (10-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Feb.
Al Co (FR) 20-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, chased leaders next, one pace from 2 out, 5th of 12, 13l behind Fredo (10-11) at Haydock 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Bella Haze 4-1 (11-3) Made all, challenged 2 out, kept on gamely from last, won at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft beating Mister Pous (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Daurica 3-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 7th until after 9th, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Bobby Ewing (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Stow 40-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, ridden to challenge approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 11, 18l behind Clova Island (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Have You Seen Me (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Raced keenly in touch, led before 7th, made rest, ridden and stayed on well from 2 out, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan beating King Mak (10-13) by 6l, 14 ran.
Sangfroid 7-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, soon ridden to chase leaders, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 12l behind Clova Island (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Always Waining (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, chased leaders 2nd, weakened from 4 out, 8th of 10, well behind Quentin Collonges (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd.
Right Option (IRE) 11-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, took good hold, led 6th, ridden and edged right flat, stayed on well (no time taken), won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gf in Oct beating Factotum (10-13) by 2l, 14 ran.