Heavy ground may have been a legitimate excuse for Goring One's poor effort last time but he's 7lb higher than when winning at Sandown before that. ADDICTION returned a clear winner at Exeter last week and, given there should be plenty more to come from her over fences, Jeremy Scott's mare rates the selection. Milans Well made a bold bid to follow up his course win when second at Towcester in February and can race off the same mark today, but the remainder arrive out of form and are harder to fancy.
Goring One (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Raced on inside, led until 2nd, chased winner, pecked and reminder 12th, lost 2nd before 13th, chased leading trio, weakened 17th, tailed off, left in poor 4th at the last, 4th of 6, well behind Soll (11-10) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar.
Masked Man (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders 3rd, lost place after 11th, tailed off 13th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Merrion Square (11-9) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar, 10 ran.
El Lobo (FR) 8-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, lost place before 4th, in touch 5 out, weakened before 4 out, pulled up approaching 3 out, in a race won by Seigneur Des Bois (10-9) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Addiction 16-1 (11-1) In touch, headway 5 out, ridden to chase leader next, led 3 out, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Midnight Haze (11-9) by 12l, 17 ran.
The Falklander 10-1 (10-7) Held up, not fluent 10th, headway from 17th, not fluent next, outpaced when not fluent 3 out, plugged on, 5th of 8, 23l behind Richard's Sundance (11-5) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Milans Well (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 11th, ridden before 2 out, went right last, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Musical Wedge (11-2) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Ceepeegee (IRE) 4-1fav (11-11) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 12, 24l behind Key To Milan (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.