Despite being beaten a distance on heavy ground at Taunton in January, BOB KEOWN was heavily supported when wearing cheekpieces for the first time on quicker ground at Exeter last week and could hardly have been more impressive. A 7lb penalty doesn't look anywhere near enough to prevent a follow-up, especially as his rider claims it all back. Ray Diamond is 10lb higher than his last victory over timber and has been chasing while Midnight Request ran a shocker on soft going at Market Rasen after showing promise in very testing ground. Pilgreen looks a bigger threat as he was having only his second start in three years when narrowly beaten at Newbury and should be fighting fit for this.
Switched Off 25-1 (11-11) Behind, headway before 3 out, blundered 3 out, soon lost place, 8th of 10, 37l behind Keel Haul (10-13) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
King Helissio (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway when jumped right and mistake 2 out, no impression, 11th of 19, 27l behind Home Run (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Buckhorn Tom 6-1 (11-9) Led, jumped right 3rd, headed 5th, led again after 4 out, headed when mistake 3 out, not fluent 2 out, 3rd and fading when mistake last, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Still Believing (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Mister Snowball (FR) 28-1 (10-13) Prominent on outside, led before 3rd, headed 9th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Lienosus (11-12) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Look For Love 20-1 (10-0) In rear, pushed along and outpaced before 4th, soon struggling in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Virak (11-5) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Littledean Jimmy (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, mistake 4th, headway 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Wily Fox (11-9) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs, 13 ran.
It's Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) In rear, reminder after 2nd and 5th, no chance when fell 4 out, in a race won by One Term (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Aug, 6 ran.
Ray Diamond 5-2fav (10-6) Tracked leader, pushed along to lead before 4 out, headed 3 out, weakened and lost 2nd place before last, 3rd of 9, 24l behind Umberto D'olivate (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Pilgreen (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders in 4th, went 3rd 5th, pushed along before 3 out, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, stayed on under pressure run in, went 2nd last strides, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 10, 13l behind Westaway (11-8) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Thundering Home 7-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, under pressure 4 out, outpaced 3 out, stayed on approaching last, never on terms, 4th of 9, 27l behind Scotsbrook Legend (10-4) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Bob Keown (IRE) 7-2fav (11-1) Tracked leader, led 8th, clear 3 out, hung left from next, stayed on well, won at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd beating Noble Perk (10-12) by 15l, 13 ran.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 33-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, well behind 8th, 8th of 13, 37l behind Wily Fox (11-9) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Midnight Request 11-10fav (11-9) Mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Epee Celeste (10-1) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Feb.
Sterling Gent (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leader, stumbled 8th, lost 2nd well before 2 out, weakened soon after, eased, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Rior (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hcp hdl (0-115) (4) gd in Dec.