Monte Cavallo has claims on his best form over timber but Joker Choker has shown little since returning from nearly a year off the track. CHESIL BEACH BOY found a couple too good at Newbury last time but went close to catching Jumps Road over these hurdles before that. John Coombe's charge gets the vote on that form, though might not run if the ground dries out further. Sporting Boy has failed to cope with a hike in the weights after landing a double at the end of last year and both Ivan Vasilevich and Drussell have also suffered from a rise in the handicap but the headstrong Marodima goes well fresh and shouldn't be ignored.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 100-1 (11-2) Led, headed after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Zarkandar (11-10) at Wincanton 2m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Joker Choker (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) In rear and mistake 1st, soon in touch, mistake 5 out, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 28l behind Current Event (11-1) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Chesil Beach Boy 13-2 (11-10) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, one pace last, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Shotavodka (11-12) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Mar.
Marodima (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Led, soon clear until hit 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 26l behind Thunderstorm (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Sporting Boy (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by First Avenue (10-5) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) hvy in Mar, 19 ran.
Ivan Vasilevich (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Led, jumped right, not fluent 3rd, mistake next, headed before 2 out, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 13l behind In The Crowd (10-2) at Wincanton 2m Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb.
Waterunder (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, ridden 2 out, stayed on well from last, 4th of 14, 6l behind Cloudy Bob (11-8) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Turn Over Sivola (FR) 6-1fav (10-13) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, soon ridden, no extra before last, 10th of 13, 34l behind Meganisi (10-10) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Mar.
Headly's Bridge (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, not fluent 2nd, weakened 2 out, 5th of 6, 26l behind Party Rock (10-10) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Sleeping City (FR) 5-1 (11-10) Keen hold in mid-division until fell 2nd, in a race won by Canadian Diamond (10-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct, 14 ran.
Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Decimus (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar.
Drussell (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 6th, challenged and hit 3 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed well before last, chased winner and driven, well held last, outpaced to 4th in closing stages, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Rowlestone Lad (11-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Bin End 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 39l behind Crafty Roberto (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.