A return to Wales may see TAFFY THOMAS back in the winners' enclosure, perhaps at the chief expense of Putney Bridge and Extreme Impact. Peter Bowen's gelding was a good winner at Ffos Las in January and certainly acquitted himself well when second to Five Out Of Five at Hereford last time out. It appears that this ground should be fine and he looks sure to run well. Putney Bridge has a bit of a hit-and-miss profile but he won well last time, despite the margin of victory being exaggerated by the departure of his main rival late on; if in the same mood he should go close. Extreme Impact's run behind Riptide at Newbury last time out has been franked and this Rock Of Gibraltar gelding is highly-thought-of. If he handles this quicker ground then he should play a part in the finish. J'Adhere drops markedly in grade, whilst Consulate hasn't gone on this year from some good runs in the autumn culminating in a win at Fontwell in October. An open start to the day, but preference is for Taffy Thomas.
Putney Bridge 6-1 (11-6) Made all, mistake 6th, left well clear 8th, not fluent 2 out, won at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (3) gd beating Watoscar (11-0) by well, 7 ran.
Taffy Thomas 9-2 (11-5) Held up in touch, headway to chase winner approaching 3 out, no impression from next, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Five Out Of Five (11-1) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Extreme Impact 5-1 (11-10) Led, reminders at several stages from approaching 4th, hit 5th, headed before 7th, soon in rear, outpaced approaching 3 out, went 4th after last, 4th of 5, 13l behind Riptide (11-10) at Newbury 2m 3f 4yo nov hcp hdl (3) sft in Mar.
J'Adhere (FR) 100-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear and keen, headway 5th, mistake 7th, soon lost place, last of 9, well behind Peddlers Cross (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd.
Sprowler 33-1 (11-0) In touch in main group, hit 3rd, weakened after 5th, 12th of 14, well behind Outside The Box (11-0) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Miss Totnes 100-1 (10-7) Always in rear, struggling 3 out, last of 12, 40l behind Dot's Delight (10-5) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Consulate (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, weakened after 3 out, 12th of 16, 28l behind I'm In The Pink (11-3) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd.