LOWER HOPE DANDY surged clear for an easy win at Cheltenham during the week. He looks sure to take a hike in the weights when reassessed and can defy a 7lb penalty in this. Mystic Appeal also carries a penalty for last Sunday's win over course and distance but still makes more appeal than last month's Uttoxeter winner Torrential Raine but Grand Exit ran well for second over track and trip before failing to complete at Huntingdon last time. Both Laughton Park and Midnight Lira scored at Plumpton recently but neither of those wins look stronger form than Star Of Massini's second at Kempton in February.
Lower Hope Dandy 16-1 (10-9) Always prominent, led 2 out, clear approaching last, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs beating Prophete De Guye (10-13) by 16l, 17 ran.
Hand On Bach (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Led until 7th, not fluent and lost place 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 12th of 13, 50l behind Supreme Bob (11-0) at Newbury 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (0-120) (4) hvy in Mar.
Hatters River (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Mid-division, headway on inside 3 out, challenged next, blundered last, no extra close home, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Arctic Wings (10-0) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Master Milan (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, not fluent 1st, headway 5th, reminders after 7th, lost place 9th, behind when not fluent next, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Pensnett Bay (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs, 9 ran.
Mystic Appeal (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) In rear, headway to chase leaders 3 out, ridden to lead approaching last, ran on well, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Dalavar (11-5) by 9l, 10 ran.
Torrential Raine 2-1 (11-9) Chased leader, slow 6th, soon outpaced, rallied 3 out, led before next, not fluent last, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Mar beating Lindengrove (10-2) by 7l, 5 ran.
Grand Exit 14-1 (11-9) Led until not fluent 5th, not fluent 7th, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up after, in a race won by Orangeaday (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs, 8 ran.
Fidelor (FR) 12-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, mistakes, weakened 11th, pulled up, in a race won by Keeverfield (10-13) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb, 12 ran.
Star Of Massini (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Led early, remained close up, effort after 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 10, 13l behind Tornado In Milan (11-10) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Ali Baba 13-2fav (11-5) Held up behind, headway before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 13th of 18, well behind Giveitachance (11-9) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Feb.
Laughton Park 16-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar beating Douchkirk (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Midnight Lira 7-1 (11-4) Raced on inside, chased winner until 7th, went 2nd again well before 3 out until 3 out, still every chance in 3rd until went left 2 out, weakened to 4th between last 2, 4th of 9, 20l behind Brunette'sonly (10-6) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.
Yabora (FR) 14-1 (12-7) (bl) (tt) wl bhnd 13, 4th of 5, 36l behind Khachaturian (12-0) at Brecon & Talybont 3m ptp gs in Mar.
Sovereign Spirit (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Always behind, struggling 9th, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Jupiter Rex (10-10) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Carheney River (IRE) 80-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders on outside, driven and lost place on long run between last 2, soon weakened, tailed off last, last of 7, 36l behind Virak (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Titch Strider (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Always behind, 6th of 10, 35l behind Ivor's King (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Mumbles Pier (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, hit 4th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, last of 8, 40l behind Qalinas (11-2) at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb.