Soft ground may have been a legitimate excuse for LORD FOX running below par at Ffos Las. He'd landed a double on a quicker surface before that and can return to winning ways here. But he'll need to reverse latest running with Big News, who showed signs of a revival at Ffos Las after a string of poor efforts, while Pistol Basc isn't out of this either on his earlier victory at Catterick with River Purple back in fourth. One In A Row has shown some ability over fences though he'll need to step up on his recent placed efforts to figure in the finish.
Lord Fox (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Prominent until pushed along after 12th, ridden and outpaced after next, well held before 4 out, 4th of 6, 20l behind Tom Bach (9-11) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Big News 4-1 (11-9) Close up on outside, ridden approaching 4 out, went 2nd when blundered 3 out, soon 3rd and beaten, one pace, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Tom Bach (9-11) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Pistol Basc (FR) 15-2 (10-7) Always towards rear, weakened before 9th, tailed off 5 out, in a race won by Alpha One (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Feb, 9 ran.
Petit Ecuyer (FR) 16-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, never involved, last of 8, 19l behind The Informant (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Roseville Cottage (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Led, headed 4 out, ridden and every chance 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Samtheman (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
River Purple 7-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 4 out, weakened before next, 5th of 7, 30l behind Book'em Danno (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
One In A Row (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced before 4 out, no impression, 5th of 8, 14l behind Have You Had Yours (10-2) at Wetherby 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Yukon Delta (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) In touch, pushed along before 4 out, led before 7th, headed before last, soon weakened, 5th of 15, 15l behind Pierrers Bounty (11-9) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Le Pergolese (FR) 4-1 (10-0) In touch, mistake 3rd, not fluent and went right 5th, went 2nd 13th until after 4 out, weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by Smart Catch (11-1) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar, 7 ran.
Trouble In Paris (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Close up, led 6th, mistake 10th, headed 15th, in 4th before 3 out, no impression, 5th of 10, well behind Samson Collonges (9-13) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Miss Sunflower 18-1 (9-12) Held up in touch, lost place 7th, weakened before 3 out, last of 7, 24l behind Phoenix Des Mottes (9-10) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.