On form, this looks a match between DINEUR and Dunowen Point with preference for the former who has found only one too good in both starts over timber. Alan King's five-year-old deserves a change of luck and may enjoy a fitness advantage over his likely market rival, who has started favourite in all three runs under Rules but was again disappointing when last seen at Catterick in January. Character Actor has finished tailed off in both starts in Ireland since the turn of the year and Flowerdew appears to be going backwards. Tarn Hows won a bumper here in February, however, and has some scope.
Character Actor (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Never better than mid-division, 18th of 20, well behind Smokey Joe Joe (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-116 in Mar.
Dineur (FR) 3-1 (11-2) Set strong pace, headed between 3rd and 4th, soon clear with leader and one other, ridden to lead again approaching 2 out, headed flat, kept on, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Alta Rock (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Dunowen Point (IRE) 7-4fav (11-5) Close up, jumped left 3rd, soon lost place, chased leaders next, went 2nd approaching 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Danceintothelight (11-0) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Flowerdew (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Mid-division, lost place 5th, no danger after, 11th of 16, well behind Ramses De Marcigny (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (4) gf.
Harrys Yer Man Nomadic Way gelding out of Barden Lady.
Red Whisper 22-1 (10-9) Took keen hold in rear, jumped left 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, weakening when hit 2 out, 4th of 6, 29l behind Lifestyle (11-5) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Tarn Hows (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Held up in rear, steady headway on outside over 4f out, led over 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Bangor 2m 1f mdn n h flat (6) gs in Feb beating Vintage Star (11-4) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Colonial Harry 150-1 (10-7) Prominent, lost place over 5f out, soon behind, 13th of 17, well behind Shuil Royale (11-10) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Watledge (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 13, 25l behind Dome Run (10-10) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Lady Vera 20-1 (11-2) Behind, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 16, 17l behind Chartreux (10-13) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec '09.
Night Rose 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division on inside, effort to chase leaders over 4f out, soon outpaced, kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 6th of 11, 21l behind Aland Islands (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Notonnelly 12-1 (11-7) Last when fell 10, in a race won by Desert Joe (12-0) at Maisemore Park 2m 5f ptp gf in Apr, 11 ran.