Monsieur Cadou continues to rise in the weights without winning and finished runner-up yet again at Wetherby three weeks ago. Cresswell Crusader goes well at this track and though his recent win came in heavy ground at Fontwell he's up 6lb for that, while January's maiden hurdle winner Carlicue may get involved on his return to action. Stow and Quinte Du Chatelet have claims on their best efforts, but the nod goes to STOLEN THUNDER. He returned to action with a respectable third over C&D behind Master Overseer, who runs in the previous race on the card, and Emma Lavelle's charge is fancied to find the improvement necessary to land this.
Stow 33-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, ridden after 9th, weakened from 4 out, 12th of 19, 47l behind Dorset Square (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 12-1 (10-0) Led until after 1st, prominent, led 8th, headed approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind The Knoxs (10-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Pavillon Bleu (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Towards rear, in rear when mistake 7th (water), tailed off when mistake 8th, pulled up before next, in a race won by That'lldoboy (10-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov, 13 ran.
Carlicue (IRE) 13-8fav (11-6) Led, blundered 8th, driven and headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Jetnova (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb, 8 ran.
Cresswell Crusader 6-4fav (11-5) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 4 out, went 2nd and blundered 3 out, challenged last, led soon after, very tired closing stages, all out, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov beating Promised Wings (10-6) by nk, 12 ran.
Stolen Thunder 11-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway after 5 out, chased winner 3 out until before last, one pace, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Master Overseer (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.
Gilwen Glory (IRE) 7-2 (9-12) Chased winner, not fluent 1st mistake and lost place next, driven after 9th, went 3rd approaching next, blundered and dropped to last at 12th, struggling 14th, tailed off, last of 4, 21l behind Victory Parade (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nov chs (4) fm in May.
Daring Origyn (FR) 33-1 (11-5) In touch, lost place approaching 3 out, no impression after, 8th of 23, 17l behind Decoy (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Kilcrea Asla (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, joined leader after 6th, mistake 11th, led approaching 4 out, soon headed, one pace, 4th of 12, 11l behind Carrickmines (10-0) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar '10.
Aviador (GER) 10-1 (10-10) Mid-division, lost place before 4 out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, well behind Roalco De Farges (10-6) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Apr.
Monsieur Cadou (FR) 4-1fav (11-6) In touch, effort on outside approaching 3 out, soon challenged, kept on and every chance until ridden and no extra flat, 2nd of 15, 4l behind The Shy Man (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Ravenclaw (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, some headway under pressure before 2 out, no impression and weakened soon after, 10th of 18, 18l behind Enfant De Lune (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
C'Monthehammers (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Led to 1st, chased leaders, reminders after 5th, mistake next, struggling 7th, soon lost touch, 6th and last 3 out, plugged on to go moderate 3rd next, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 31l behind Valid Point (11-7) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Saffron Lord 50-1 (11-9) Behind, tailed off 13th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Monbeg Dude (11-4) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Vivarini 12-1 (11-5) In touch, ridden to chase winner after 4 out to next, soon ridden and weakened, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Youngstown (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gd in May, 11 ran.
Sandynow (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Held up in rear, took keen hold, hung left and weakened after 3 out, 6th of 8, well behind Kasbadali (11-7) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Led 1st to 4th, in touch, ridden before 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, 3rd of 15, 6l behind The Shy Man (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Sovereign Spirit (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, lost place and behind from 5th, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Psi (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.