Third Act never figured in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham but will no doubt attract support on his hurdling debut. However, the experience of NORDIC QUEST should stand him in good stead and he gets the vote on the back of a couple of placed efforts over track and trip. Fair Dreamer also made the frame at this track last time and can be given a chance, but Ma'Ire Rua was still beaten a distance when third here last month. Revaader has lost his way a little but can get involved if reproducing the promise of his earlier form at Exeter.
Artful Dodger 100-1 (10-11) Held up in 6th, struggling bypassing omitted 5th, tailed off when mistake next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by More Of That (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec '12, 7 ran.
Fair Dreamer 11-4 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up and off the pace, pushed along in 5th after 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden and closed gradually run-in, never able to challenge, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Benbecula (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Ma'ire Rua (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway into 5th before 2 out, left in modest 4th last, went 3rd run-in, 3rd of 11, 17l behind Attwaal (11-3) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Nordic Quest (IRE) 9-4fav (11-11) Held up in rear, mistake 5th, soon chasing leaders, hit 3 out, soon outpaced, rallied next, kept on well, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Chat Room (11-12) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Stella's Fella 50-1 (11-0) Jumped left, led set strong pace and soon clear, reduced lead when hung badly left almost ran off the the track and headed after 3 out, pulled up, in a race won by Garde La Victoire (11-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 13 ran.
Thats Yer Man (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden over 5f out, weakened from over 4f out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Binge Drinker (10-9) at Chepstow 2m (6) hvy in Feb.
Third Act (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place and ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 20th of 22, 33l behind Silver Concorde (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Shining Cross (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Mid-division, weakened 4th, soon tailed off, last of 10, well behind Hint Of Mint (11-6) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Revaader 5-2 (10-7) Led until 4th, chased winner until 5th, pushed along in 3rd and no chance with winner from 3 out, 3rd of 15, 32l behind Sail By The Sea (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Saint Helena (IRE) 150-1 (10-7) Off the pace towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Sail By The Sea (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Mrs Burbidge 66-1 (9-10) In rear, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 17l behind Trust The Wind (8-6) at Lingfield 1m mdn fll (5) pol in Mar (flat).