King's Revenge, Laustra Bad and Lester Leaps in look the main protagonists in this competitive opener and the vote is given to King's Revenge. The selection won well last time out when beating Ushnu with plenty in hand he again has conditions to suit and although this is more competitive he looks progressive and he looks the one to be on. Laustra Bad rates the main danger on his latest third behind Gaspara, that form has since been franked and he will not be far away but he will do well to give weight and a beating to the selection. Lester Leaps In won well last time out when beating Cantabilly but this looks tougher. Soulard has ran with promise and is another that could go well but he may be seen to better effect once handicapped. This is a trappy affair and stakes should be kept to a minimum but for the winner we return to King's Revenge.
Laustra Bad (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway when not fluent 5th, soon ridden, chased winner last, no impression, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 24, 5l behind Gaspara (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Risk Runner (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Never better than mid-division, 15th of 24, 37l behind Gaspara (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Roby De Cimbre (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden and stayed on from 3 out, 4th of 15, 12l behind Missis Potts (10-9) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) gd.
King's Revenge 2-11fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, hampered 1st, led 3 out, soon in command, won at Towcester 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gf beating Ushnu (10-9) by 13l, 9 ran.
Lester Leaps In (USA) 11-8fav (10-12) Made all, hit 4 out, jumped left 2 out, joined and good jump last, driven to effert towards finish, won at Plumpton 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Cantabilly (11-2) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
James Street (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, led 2nd to next, chased leader, ridden and weakened soon after 3 out, 4th and beaten when jumped right last, 4th of 8, 16l behind Woolly Bully (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gf.
Sir Rique (FR) 11-2 (11-0) Held up, weakened after 5th, 7th of 8, well behind Stumped (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.
Soulard (USA) 11-2 (10-10) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, led briefly before 2 out, chased winner after, held between last 2, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Liakoura (11-2) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (4) gf.