Workbench was sent off a short-priced favourite at Wincanton in February but was well beaten and clearly isn't one of the stable stars at Ditcheat. The market should be monitored regarding the returning Is It Me and Spinning Waters but Shady Lane needs to improve on what he's shown so far to get involved and Aciano has also disappointed so far. JUDICIARY has been lightly-raced over hurdles but has some ability and this looks a lot less competitive than the races here was contesting last year. Tim Vaughan's gelding gets the nod, though Exeter winner Buckhorn Tom looks a big danger.
Staccato Valtat (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Always in last pair, never involved, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Sixty Something (11-8) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Workbench (FR) 11-8fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 4th, ridden approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 37l behind Minella Definitely (11-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Judiciary (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 14th of 16, 23l behind Dr Livingstone (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Jan.
Buckhorn Tom 2-1 (11-2) Jumped right and not fluent, given clear lead start, reduced lead before 2nd, ridden before hit 3 out, soon joined, hit next, driven and pressed between last two, stayed on gamely to assert final 100 yards, won at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar beating Umberto D'olivate (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Is It Me (USA) 16-1 (10-11) Led, ridden and headed after 7th, weakened after 3 out, mistake 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Bondage (11-3) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Sep.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 10th of 15, 29l behind Dormouse (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Della Sun (FR) 16-1 (11-1) Led, pushed along and headed before 6th, weakening when blundered 3 out, soon eased, pulled up before next, in a race won by Duaiseoir (11-7) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Shady Lane 6-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up mid-division on inside, headway 3 out, ridden to chase leaders before next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 4th of 9, 16l behind Va'vite (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Aciano (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Chased leaders towards outside, ridden and weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Seventh Sky (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Rime Avec Gentil (FR) 4-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, pushed along after 3 out, mistake and weakened next, 6th of 9, 25l behind Miss Exhibitionist (11-10) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Dream Performance (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Towards rear, pushed along before 5th, weakened before 4 out, 12th of 19, well behind Gizzit (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Feb.
Quiet Whisper (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 8, well behind Dune Shine (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd/am sll hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Spinning Waters 5-1fav (10-4) Chased leaders, weakened after 4th, soon lost touch, tailed off, 12th of 15, 46l behind Granville Island (11-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr '12.
Cash Injection 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 9, 36l behind Masters Blazing (10-12) at Warwick 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Posh Emily 15-2 (10-0) Refused to race and took no part, in a race won by Walden Prince (10-8) at Sandown 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar, 9 ran.