Former pointer LIKEABLE ROGUE made an encouraging start under Rules when running subsequent Fakenham winner Open Hearted to a length at Folkestone. The pair were clear of the third and Paul Nicholls' charge can go one better here at the main expense of Mystic Appeal, who was only beaten half-a-length over a similar trip at Hereford in January and may have found the ground a little quick at Ludlow last time. Talkonthestreet should also be thereabouts as he's won over 3m between the flags and tries that sort of distance for the first time under Rules today, though he was a little disappointing at Southwell last month.
Henry The First (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 7th of 11, 19l behind Laflammedeglorie (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Kilderry Dean (IRE) 200-1 (11-4) Always behind, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Tour D'argent (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Landerbee (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, held up, headway 5f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Up To Something (10-9) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Likeable Rogue (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Held up in mid-division, steady headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders soon after, squeezed through narrow gap to chase winner on long run to last, soon ridden, hit last, no extra flat, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Open Hearted (11-13) at Folkestone 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
My Grunter (IRE) 200-1 (11-0) Always in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Buddy Bolero (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec, 15 ran.
Mystic Appeal (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, edged left after 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 4th of 13, 17l behind Low Gales (11-4) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Feb.
Slick Trader 80-1 (10-11) In rear, pushed along 11f out, tailed off final 6f, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Decimus (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gf in Nov.
Talkonthestreet (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Prominent, mistake 3 out, led when mistake 2 out, soon headed, no extra flat, 5th of 14, 5l behind It's A Gimme (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Tenitemsplustoast 50-1 (11-0) Led, jumped left 3rd and 4th, headed briefly 5th, headed 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 35l behind Spanish Treasure (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Vering (FR) 25-1 (10-9) Pulled hard, raced very wide, headway to chase leader after 2f, very wide on bend over 9f out, reminder and weakened over 6f out, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Until Winning (9-11) at Taunton 2m 1f cond NH flat (5) gs in Feb.