Thimaar was fancied at Musselburgh last time but dropped away quickly after making the early running and has yet to translate his useful form on the Flat to hurdles. Captain Kelly won a jumpers' bumper at Wolverhampton in January but still gives the impression 3m will be his trip. Wake Your Dreams, on the other hand, has yet to prove he stays this far. Lienosus must be interesting as he's been placed in both a Grade 2 and a Listed contest and should be winning soon but WARDEN HILL was a real eye-catcher behind African Gold here on his hurdling debut. Successful in a bumper on the Polytrack in December, he'll like the better ground and could be the one to beat.
Best Excuse 80-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, left 3rd and swerved to avoid faller 6th, mistake and weakened 2 out, 3rd of 5, 43l behind Golden Hoof (11-12) at Bangor 2m 1f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Feb.
Captain Kelly (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Chased leader, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan beating Italian Master (10-13) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Champagne N Caviar (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear and keen, headway before 3 out, went 5th before 2 out, one pace, 5th of 13, 14l behind African Gold (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb.
Lienosus (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Close up, every chance from 3 out, challenged winner between last 2, stayed on run-in, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Clondaw Kaempfer (11-6) at Haydock 2m Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Massini Lotto (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway to chase leaders after 3 out, ridden in 5th when mistake 2 out, weakened, 7th of 18, 17l behind Ericht (11-11) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Sir Pitt 33-1 (11-3) Held up in touch in last, mistakes 5th and 3 out, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, last of 5, 46l behind Easter Day (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Feb.
Thimaar (USA) 4-1 (11-4) Led to 5th, outpaced from 8th, went remote 3rd after last, 3rd of 8, well behind God's Own (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Wake Your Dreams (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, ridden before 2 out, 4th and no extra when hit last, 4th of 10, 13l behind Le Reve (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft in Feb.
Warden Hill (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway to track leaders before 3 out, went 4th before last, kept on and no impression, 4th of 13, 10l behind African Gold (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb.