It's more than a year since the headstrong Laterly last ran over fences and he fell over hurdles at Kempton last time. Kings Grey has never finished out of the frame in six previous runs here and should be thereabouts again having won over 2m3f at the track in November, though he doesn't win as often as he should. Kudu Country is another who struggles to get his head in front but Prince Of Dreams won at Musselburgh last month and makes more appeal than The Bull Hayes and Ulysse Collonges. TOUBAB won on good ground at Sandown a year ago but has got bogged down in the mud in his two starts this campaign. The going here will be much more suitable and he can make his class tell.
Toubab (FR) 11-4fav (11-11) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, slow 3rd, not fluent 5 out, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 29l behind Eastlake (10-8) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb.
Kings Grey (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, mistakes 6th, headway after 4 out, went 3rd 2 out, weakened final 100 yards, 3rd of 20, 13l behind Red Devil Boys (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Kudu Country (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) In touch and in rear, in 2nd when blundered badly 5 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 23l behind Bene Lad (10-2) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
Laterly (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, disputing 3rd chasing clear leading pair when fell 4th, in a race won by Whitby Jack (10-5) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Held up, not fluent 1st, ridden 5th, well beaten before 3 out, 9th of 10, 43l behind Brick Red (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Feb.
Prince Of Dreams 13-2 (10-7) Always prominent, challenged 3 out, led before next, driven clear flat, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Feb beating Anquetta (11-12) by 6l, 9 ran.
Ulysse Collonges (FR) 8-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5th until not fluent next, went 2nd again 13th until 4 out, stayed in 3rd until weakened to 4th before 2 out, 4th of 8, 18l behind Consigliere (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.