Vicente is edging closer to a first success, only finding one too good at Taunton last month. But TIQRIS would surely have won at Newbury at the start of the month had he not been brought down two out when still in second gear. He races off the same mark here and compensation awaits. Course and distance winner Alder Mairi, who has the beating of Old Tricks on the form book, didn't run badly off her new mark at Chepstow last time and should be in the shake-up but Gold Ingot has only run once since last May and was well beaten in that. Falcon Island has been woefully out of sorts.
Tiqris 11-8fav (11-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd at 4th, went 2nd before 2 out, travelling ok and one length down when brought down 2 out, in a race won by Jumps Road (11-11) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy, 6 ran.
Vicente (FR) 2-1 (11-3) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway to 3rd 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, no impression when not fluent last, driven and stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Fayette County (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Alder Mairi (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Led early, led again 1st, ridden and headed before last, no impression after, hung left and went 4th flat, stayed on same pace, 4th of 7, 7l behind Lord Protector (11-2) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Castlemorris King 50-1 (10-9) Held up and behind, wide on bend 3f out, never a factor, 11th of 15, 21l behind Presenting Arms (10-9) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Gold Ingot 9-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, steady headway before 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 10th of 12, 49l behind Warden Hill (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Ballinalacken (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out to go in touch, weakening when fell 2 out, in a race won by Kilbree Chief (10-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Old Tricks (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) 3rd of 8, 13l behind Storm Alert (11-0) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Falcon Island 22-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, weakened from 11th, tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bennys Mist (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.