Tarateeno opened his account at the 13th time of asking when landing a handicap at Wincanton last month and has every chance off a 5lb higher mark today over the same trip but this looks tougher and preference is for DONT TELL THE WIFE, who gets the verdict over Maraafeq. The last mentioned has run well in his last two starts and has an obvious chance of giving Venetia Williams another winner having been raised just 2lbs for his latest effort behind Hello Moscow at Plumpton. Snake Charmer has been running creditably of late but seems a shade high in the weights at present, while Jim Old's Gala Evening is likely to struggle under his penalty for his narrow win at Newbury last time. Isle de Maurice ran better here last time and is another to consider along with the Richard Phillips-trained Giovanna, who lost no caste in defeat at Hereford recently and he has claims on that effort. The vote though goes to Nicky Henderson's Dont Tell The Wife, who is less exposed than his opponents after just five career starts, showed improved form at Musselburgh when stepped up in trip last time on his handicap debut and he is taken to open his account over hurdles today.
Share Option 25-1 (10-13) Raced keenly, led until after 3rd, hit next, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Take The Breeze (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Maraafeq (USA) 10-3fav (11-7) Chased leaders, hit 6th, chased winner after 4 out, every chance last, unable to quicken flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Hello Moscow (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) hvy in Feb.
Gala Evening 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway from 4 out, chased leaders after 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat to lead final 100 yards, won at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb beating From Dawn To Dusk (11-11) by 3/4l, 20 ran.
Snake Charmer 13-2 (10-6) Tracked leaders, led 9th, headed 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind I'm The Decider (10-9) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb.
Giovanna 9-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 7th, ridden after 2 out, kept on to take 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Dansimar (11-9) at Hereford 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (3) sft in Feb.
Soliya (FR) 18-1 (10-2) Towards rear, ridden 3 out, some late progress, never dangerous, 4th of 9, 25l behind Sporazene (11-5) at N Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Project Gallery (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Chased leader, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 16, 8l behind Awesome George (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Jan.
Isle de Maurice 33-1 (11-0) Soon towards rear, headway under pressure on inside before 2 out, stayed on to take 2nd last, not reached winner, 2nd of 19, 5l behind Cathedral Rock (11-10) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Feb.
Dont Tell The Wife (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon one pace, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Strobe (9-13) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Feb.
Tarateeno 9-4fav (11-6) In touch, headway and chased leaders 3 out, ridden and joined leader 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb beating Devil's Creek (11-9) by 4l, 9 ran.
Home 50-1 (10-12) Prominent, led briefly 4 out, weakened after next, 8th of 9, 44l behind Ray Diamond (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 4yo nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Freschezza 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden approaching 3 out, one pace, 5th of 21, 25l behind Kangaroo Court (10-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.