David Pipe and Conor O'Farrell teamed up to win this last year and FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT can repeat the trick. He ended last season with his first victory over timber at Hereford and should continue his improvement this term. Kayfrou beat subsequent dual winner Ivor's King by a neck at Newton Abbot last time but has paid the price with a 14lb hike in the weights while Giveitachance has a penalty to carry for his victory at Worcester during the week. Man Of Leisure ran well at this track last November but hasn't raced since and recent Towcester fifth Cardinal Rose makes more appeal.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Mid-division, mistake 1st, headway 6th, not much room and bumped way through to lead after 2 out, reached at last, headed flat, rallied to lead post, won at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar beating Speedy Directa (10-11) by ns, 10 ran.
Cardinal Rose 9-2 (11-7) Held up in last pair, struggling after 7th, ridden approaching 3 out, kept on from next, never able to challenge, 5th of 12, 13l behind Thoresby (11-2) at Towcester 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) gf.
Starlight Air 14-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, hit 7th, headway 3 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Very Stylish (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jul '10.
Dark Oasis 16-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, one pace 3 out, mistake last, 6th of 15, 24l behind Shabak Hom (10-8) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Midnight Lira 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 11l behind Annaluna (10-2) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy.
Man Of Leisure 9-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders before 2 out, soon challenged, one pace from last, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Swift Chap (11-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Kayfrou 9-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, challenged 2 out, led before last, kept on under pressure run-in, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Ivor's King (11-11) by nk, 15 ran.
Obscurity (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, some headway before 5th, soon driven and struggling, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Shangani (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Giveitachance (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, led after 9th, clear from 2 out, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs beating Free Falling (11-1) by 8l, 12 ran.
Just Watch Ollie (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Mistakes, never travelled in rear, lost touch after 3rd, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by South Stack (10-8) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in May, 9 ran.
Exiles Return (IRE) 80-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, held up well in rear, blundered 7th, tailed off and pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Is It Me (10-8) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep, 10 ran.