Focail Maith has had plenty of chances but Verano shaped nicely on his hurdling debut at Doncaster while Benbecula was only beaten three lengths over course and distance on his penultimate start before finding handicap company too tough on a return visit. FAIR DREAMER won his bumper here in December and was quite highly tried on his hurdles bow in a race at Doncaster won by a novice that went on to be placed at the Cheltenham Festival. He'll know more today so gets the nod.
Benbecula 25-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, jumped right 1st, lost 2nd after, weakened after 3 out, last of 6, 36l behind Keel Haul (11-1) at Wincanton 2m (3) hvy in Feb.
Fair Dreamer 14-1 (11-2) With leader, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind Vaniteux (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb.
Focail Maith 8-1 (11-1) In touch, short of room on inner bend approaching 2 out, headway to chase winner soon after 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Boondooma (10-9) at Fakenham 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) gd.
Home For Tea 66-1 (11-2) Not fluent, in rear, jumped slowly 1st, pushed along and struggling before 5th, tailed off when mistake 6th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Albert Bridge (11-2) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb, 14 ran.
Indiana Oscar 100-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 15, well behind Saint Breiz (10-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Medal of Valour (JPN) 125-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent and lost place 4th, tailed off 6th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Milo Man (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 14 ran.
Rocket Scientist 50-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden 4f out, soon lost place, 12th of 16, 30l behind Clondaw Banker (10-13) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Verano (GER) 14-1 (11-2) Held up behind, headway and in touch on inside 3 out, outpaced next, no impression before last, 4th of 8, 23l behind Sign Of A Victory (10-13) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Feb.
Beauchamp Sunset 8-1 (9-2) 10th of 13, 6l behind Until The Man (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb (flat).
Loxley Mezile 33-1 (10-0) In rear, headway on wide outside to get in behind leaders under pressure over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 19l behind Koolala (10-12) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std in Jan '13.
Sarahs Doll 250-1 (10-6) Went left start, in rear, jumped right and mistakes, tailed off after 3rd, 12th of 13, well behind Bodega (11-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.