The handicapper is showing little mercy to J'Adhere and the top weight will do well to win again off his current mark. Hereford runner-up Trop Fort is also climbing the weights, despite not winning, while this company may be a little hot for Leopard Hills and he's been well beaten in his last three starts. DRAGON'S DEN was no match for easy winner Katchmore at Taunton last month but is fairly consistent and is almost certain to run up to his mark here. He gets the nod as Quarton, who unseated his rider when quietly fancied at Taunton, has since finished well beaten at Haydock while Ardkilly Rebel has proved a big disappointment.
J'Adhere (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Pulled hard in touch, virtually out of control and led after 3rd, soon well clear, headed before 2 out, faded last, 4th of 6, 16l behind Themilanhorse (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Mar.
Trop Fort (FR) 11-1 (11-12) Led, clear before 2 out until approaching last, headed and no extra flat, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Triptico (11-10) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Quarton (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, lost place from 5th, 5th of 6, 36l behind Kealigolane (11-7) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Dragon's Den (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Behind, hampered 4th, headway 3 out, stayed on approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 10l behind Katchmore (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Mar.
Leopard Hills (IRE) 50-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling after 3 out, 7th of 12, 31l behind Ted Spread (10-13) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Ardkilly Rebel (IRE) 11-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, blundered 1st, reminders 5th, soon lost place, pulled up after 6th, in a race won by Quincy Des Pictons (10-9) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec, 11 ran.