chased winner until 2nd, raced well off the pace in 3rd, closed up approaching 12th, went 2nd again and close enough approaching 3 out, lost 2nd before 2 out, weakened and blundered last
took keen hold, chased (clear) winner approaching 2nd until after 7th, chased leading pair, hit 3 out and dropped to 4th, rallied to 2nd again and close enough before 2 out, ridden and held before last, driven and held on for 2nd
Creevytennant won one of these events at Musselburgh in February but is inconsistent and was pulled up at Cheltenham last time. Herecomesthetruth is more reliable and looks to have every chance on his latest second at Sandown while Soulard won well at Towcester last month. But the vote goes to ALLERFORD JACK as he'll have come on for a recent pipe-opener at Taunton. Kayley Jones' charge can add to last year's four victories, though Squadron certainly shouldn't be underestimated back under Rules.
Allerford Jack 4-1 (12-1) Waited with in rear, hit 3rd, headway travelling well 4 out, challenged 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, ridden and headed before last, 3rd and one pace last, no extra in 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 5, 4l behind Nicto De Beauchene (12-4) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (6) sft in Mar.
Creevytennant (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) Led, jumped badly right and blundered 3rd, continued to jump right after, headed 4 out, lost place next, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) sft in Mar, 23 ran.
Soulard (USA) 9-1 (11-7) In touch, mistake 7th, chased leaders 5 out, led before 3 out, drew clear approaching last ran on well, won at Towcester 2m 3f hts chs (6) gs in Mar beating Bell On Bike (11-9) by 15l, 9 ran.
Coin of The Realm (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place after 2nd, headway from 3 out, 3rd at last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Saphir Des Bois (11-5) at Leicester 2m hts chs (6) sft in Mar.
Herecomesthetruth (IRE) 15-8fav (11-10) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed 2 out, one pace, well held by winner from last, 2nd of 4, 15l behind Bold Addition (11-10) at Sandown 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
Bedrock Fred 5-2 (12-0) Led 2 til hdd & no ex flat, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Midnight King (12-0) at Larkhill 3m ptp gf in Apr '12.
Squadron 7-4 (11-0) Made virt all; held on game, won at Black Forest Lodge 3m ptp sft in Feb beating Jayo (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.