The Darling Boy is versatile and consistent and opened his account over hurdles at Taunton last month. He's not out of this, despite a 6lb higher mark. Daveron has gone close on a couple of occasions and Comte D'Anjou showed a bit more at Sandown last time while the four-year-old Ivanhoe beat a fair sort at Ffos Las in December. BERKELEY AVENUE looks the type to do much better now going handicapping. Gavin Sheehan's claim will help his cause as will a pair of blinkers and he should be a working man's price. No Likey may need this but will be worth monitoring for future reference as connections probably have a spring campaign in mind.
Daveron (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up in 4th, hit 4 out, closed approaching next, one pace and held in 4th when switched left before 2 out, 4th of 5, 14l behind Whispering Harry (10-13) at Newbury 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Dan's Wee Man 50-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, hit 3rd, stayed on from 3 out, never in contention, 5th of 15, 30l behind Deputy Dan (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Comte D'anjou 12-1 (11-1) Tracked leader until approaching 2 out, chased leading trio, pushed along and outpaced between last 2, mistake last, 4th of 8, 17l behind In Fairness (11-1) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (4) sft.
Exemplary 5-2 (10-9) Prominent, took keen hold, led over 5f out, headed 3f out, soon beaten, well held over 1f out, last of 7, 12l behind Direct Approach (11-2) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
No Likey (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd travelling well before 2 out, led soon after 2 out, 1 length ahead when mistake last, headed last, kept on under pressure flat, always held, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Helium (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Apr.
Castle Beach (IRE) 5-4 (11-7) Hdwy 9; led 12 til hdd & wknd qckly 15, 3rd of 14, 31l behind Mr Mcgregor (12-0) at Curre & Llangibby 3m ptp sft.
Electric Mayhem 20-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden 9th, weakened next, 7th of 12, well behind Sergeant Mattie (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft.
Berkeley Avenue 50-1 (10-6) Always towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 13, well behind My Tent Or Yours (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Feb.
The Darling Boy 3-1 (11-12) Raced on inside, made virtually all, pressed last, driven flat, stayed on gamely and always just holding on, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb beating Join The Navy (11-9) by hd, 7 ran.
Ivanhoe 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders until lost place approaching 4 out, no chance when mistake 2 out, 5th of 7, 22l behind Dawalan (11-5) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Rafafie 40-1 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, went 2nd before 4th until awkward 4th, chased leading pair until 3 out, soon beaten, left poor 5th and hampered last, 5th of 9, 39l behind Liberty One (11-3) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Lady Fingers 5-2fav (10-8) With leader, led 2nd, headed 12th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 50l behind Hopatina (11-1) at Southwell 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Dream Lucky 66-1 (11-0) Chased leader until before 3rd, last trio next, weakened 5th, 5th of 10, 43l behind Fayette County (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
River Dancing (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, not fluent and lost place 5th, weakened before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Come On Annie (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Withy Mills 22-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, driven after 5th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Join The Navy (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb, 13 ran.