Give Me Love is proving to be difficult to win with but the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding looks to have been found a suitable opportunity to open his account over fences and is taken to do so at the main expense of Ballyjohnboy Lord and Rash Moment. The last mentioned would have claims on the pick of his hurdles form but has yet to convince over fences so may be best watched. Herecomestanley has given little sign of encouragement of late, while former pointer The Well Lad hardly gave cause for optimism on his rules debut at Stratford last month. Ballyjohnboy Lord is probably better than he showed at Sandown over hurdles last time and is an interesting runner on his chasing debut but Give Me Love has an obvious chance on the evidence of recent form and a reproduction of it should suffice.
Ballyjohnboy Lord (IRE) 50-1 (9-13) In touch until weakened before 5th, 18th of 21, 46l behind Victram (9-12) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (1) sft in Mar.
Give Me Love (FR) 5-2fav (11-1) Tracked leader, not fluent and lost place 6th, ridden and weakened 3 out, 4th of 6, 6l behind Misty Dancer (10-5) at Taunton 2m nov hcp chs (3) gs in Mar.
Opal Ridge 20-1 (11-4) Keen in touch until weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up 2 out in race won by Beauchamp Prince (10-8) at Chepstow 3m beg chs (4) hvy in Mar, 6 ran.
Rash Moment (FR) 20-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden from 7th, plugged on, 4th of 8, 17l behind Nazimabad (11-2) at Hereford 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
The Well Lad (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Prominent, lost place 7th and unseated rider at the 8th in race won by Smart Savannah (11-0) at Stratford 2m 4f beg chs (3) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
Hayley's Pearl 100-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway 4th, ridden next, weakening when bumped after 3 out, 10th of 11, 25l behind Upright Ima (9-13) at Warwick 2m ldy hcp hdl (4) gf in Mar.
Miss Jessica (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Chased leaders to 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 18, well behind Merryvale Man (11-7) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Herecomestanley 7-1 (10-9) Held up, headway approaching 7th, weakened next, behind when mistake 3 out, 8th of 11, 44l behind Be My Destiny (11-12) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Mar.