STARCROSSED came good over hurdles at the second time of asking and looks the type to find further improvement. He’s a lot less exposed than easy Towcester scorer Piton Pete and jockey bookings suggest he’s preferred to stablemate Moonlight Dancer. Taking A Chance makes most appeal of the Ian Williams’ pair and Great Lover showed a bit more last time at Taunton, though will be qualified for handicaps after this. Simafar was still beaten more than 20 lengths when third here last time.
Piton Pete (IRE) 9-4jfav (11-4) Chased leaders, smooth progress to lead approaching and mistake 2 out, pushed clear when not fluent last, easily, won at Towcester 2m mdn (5) sft in Feb beating Pull Together (11-4) by 15l, 9 ran.
Bahama Moon (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 9th of 10, dist behind Whiskey In The Jar (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn (5) hvy in Jan.
Ballyhome (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Off the pace and always in rear, never a factor, 8th of 12, 36 3/4l behind Jersey Bean (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 3f (4) gs in Feb.
Cloudy Glen (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway on outside to press leaders 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 7, 31l behind Delire D'estruval (11-8) at Towcester 2m (4) sft in Feb.
Court Duty (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Held up behind, ridden before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 4th of 6, 23l behind Scorpion Sid (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m (4) hvy in Feb.
Fire Ahead (IRE) 150-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 10th of 14, dist behind First Drift (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 1f (4) gs in Feb.
Great Lover (FR) 33-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway when jumped left 2 out, hung left approaching omitted last, no extra closing stages, 4th of 13, 14 1/2l behind Storm Home (11-3) at Taunton 2m (4) sft in Feb.
Oscar Bravo (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 14, dist behind First Drift (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 1f (4) gs in Feb.
Moonlight Dancer 7-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, one pace over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 15 3/4l behind Sparkling Dawn (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m (5) sft in Feb.
Sugar Storm 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division until pulled up before 6th, at Worcester 2m 4f mdn (5) gf in May.
Taking A Chance (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, outpaced before 3 out, well held after, plugged on flat, 5th of 12, 12 1/4l behind Comrade Conrad (10-7) at Ludlow 2m mdn (4) sft in Jan.
Helf (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 14, 36 1/2l behind First Drift (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 1f (4) gs in Feb.
Simafar (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside when hampered 3 out, 3rd and no impression 2 out, 3rd of 11, 22l behind Doctor Bartolo (10-12) at Warwick 2m (4) gs in Feb.
Zamalight 25-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear on outside, headway when hampered 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, dist behind Doctor Bartolo (10-12) at Warwick 2m (4) gs in Feb.
Earcomestom 200-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, weakened 7th, tailed off, last of 9, dist behind Indian Hawk (11-8) at Warwick 2m 3f (4) gs in Feb.
Luma's Gift 150-1 (10-11) Pushed along and struggling after 5th, always towards rear, tailed off, 15th of 16, dist behind Lord Napier (11-4) at Ludlow 2m mdn (4) sft in Feb.
Starcrossed 16-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5th, led flat, stayed on well, won at Huntingdon 2m (4) sft in Feb beating Oscars Leader (11-2) by 1l, 15 ran.