Only a neck separated What Of It and Louis Pasteur when they finished first and second respectively at Leicester in February. The latter has since gone on to win at Newton Abbot but the former found OCA DE THAIX too good at Ffos Las and that could be the case again today. Keith Goldsworthy's charge followed up that win with a comfortable victory at Chepstow and looks capable of landing a four-timer. Blackstaff has won four point-to-points and makes his debut over regulation fences after a year's absence, while Vintage Class has been in winning form between the flags but was unplaced in three previous starts in chases.
Oca De Thaix (FR) 6-4fav (11-10) Took keen hold, headway 4th, chased leader 6th, led 9th, clear 3 out, not fluent 2 out, hit last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Chepstow 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar beating Worship The Stars (11-8) by 14l, 9 ran.
Louis Pasteur (IRE) 4-6fav (11-7) Held up, took keen hold, went 3rd when hit 10th, went 2nd 4 out, ridden after 3 out, led last, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gs in Mar beating Walter De Wodeland (11-5) by 5l, 6 ran.
What Of It (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Led headed 4 out, regained lead before 2 out, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Oca De Thaix (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gs in Mar.
Blackstaff (IRE) (12-3) Ap; led 14; ro wl, won at Bishops Court 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Nycteos (12-0) by 4l, 11 ran.
Brook Castle (IRE) 10-1 (12-5) Nvr on terms, 8th of 13, 37l behind Pendoun (12-0) at Bishops Court 3m ptp gd in Mar.
King Of The Road 25-1 (12-0) Went 2nd 7; stayed on to ld last; rdn out, won at Treborough Hill 3m 4f ptp gd in Mar beating James Pine (12-0) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Thirtytwo Red (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Chased leaders on outside, lost place 11th, tailed off 4 out, 11th of 12, well behind Kornati Kid (11-13) at Exeter 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar.
Vintage Class (IRE) 4-7 (12-0) A gng wl; led 2 out; comf, won at Buckfastleigh 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Holly Walk (11-7) by 6l, 6 ran.
Princesse De Rome 11-4 (11-7) in a race won by Lydstep Hills (12-0) at Cilwendeg 3m ptp gs in Mar, 9 ran.