Mauricetheathlete was prominent for a long way on his reappearance at Chepstow and is preferred to Shaking Hands, who will be back over fences shortly. Architrave tries a new trip but Tarvini stays well and is starting to look well treated while Pyleigh Lass started favourite at Ludlow last month and could go close if she stays. SWIFT CHAP, second over 2m3f here on his return, also has his stamina to prove but he's won over 2m4f and Micheal Nolan takes off 5lb here. He gets the nod with Sangfroid still well below par and Flying Award returning from a lengthy absence.
Shaking Hands (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Led, joined 9th, pushed along before 12th, headed last, soon weakened, 4th of 13, 14l behind Beamazed (11-4) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Chased leader, narrow lead 7th until ridden 4 out, lost 2nd next, weakened 2 out, 7th of 17, 11l behind Kitegen (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Oct.
Architrave 9-1 (11-10) With leader, pushed along after 4 out, ridden before last, kept on, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Pericoloso (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Oct.
Tarvini (IRE) 17-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, lost place 9th, soon beaten, 6th of 11, 40l behind Madame Jasmine (10-8) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Pyleigh Lass 3-1fav (10-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, mistake 6th, headway after next, every chance 3 out, one pace after next, 5th of 12, 8l behind Dancingtilmidnight (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Sangfroid 16-1 (10-1) Mid-division, ridden 5th, behind 7th, 16th of 23, well behind Bondage (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Swift Chap 11-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, led before 4 out, driven before next, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, kept on flat, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-7) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Flying Award (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Held up in 7th, pecked 9th, steady headway to 5th place approaching 11th, went 3rd 13th, went 2nd before 4 out until next, stayed in close 3rd, rallying when left 2nd last, stayed on to lead last stride, won at Plumpton 3m 2f 5yo Am hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Feb beating Sole Agent (10-4) by hd, 9 ran.
Extremely So 13-8fav (11-3) Not fluent 1st, tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd after 3 out, lost place when not fluent next, stayed on same pace, went 3rd last, no impression, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Nether Stream (11-0) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Mar.
John's Gem 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on after last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Award Winner (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Oct.
Farmer Matt (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, hit last, kept on run-in, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Hit The Switch (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 5f cnd nov hcp hdl (5) gd in Oct.