VIDE CAVE hasn't shown much in a couple of starts so far over fences but still has time on his side and should be capable of better. He looks nicely treated on his hurdles form in a modest handicap, though Softsong looks a danger. David Pipe's charge was just beaten off a 2lb higher mark over course and distance in January and is tried in a hood today. Yabadabadoo has yet to win a race but is also unexposed and preferred to last month's track and trip second Jackthejourneyman, who is 6lb higher.
Softsong (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Often jumped left, chased leading pair, led 8th, pressed when went badly left 4 out, soon headed and hung left, ridden and weakened and went left final 3, last of 5, 24l behind Gores Island (11-5) at Wincanton 2m nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Yabadabadoo 11-4 (11-0) Not always fluent, pressed leader, led before 3rd until next, pressed leader, lost 2nd soon after 3 out, struggling when blundered 2 out, weakened, 5th of 6, 32l behind Pearls Legend (11-8) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Vide Cave (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, ridden and one pace before last, 5th of 10, 11l behind After Eight Sivola (11-11) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Jackthejourneyman (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) Pressed winner, led 4th until 6th, hit next, led again 4 out, clear before next, ridden between last two, blundered last, headed run-in, not recover, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Ballyegan (10-7) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.