Barlow may well go off a short price here as he's been showing up well in handicaps this season and gets 7lb from EL DANCER. But we're going to stick with the Lucy Wadham runner as the nine-year-old is no slouch himself and likes the tight turns at Fakenham. He showed plenty of fight to beat hot favourite Private Equity at Leicester last week. Flichity and Monroe Park are little better than platers but Deciding Moment has shown promise in novice hurdles and bumpers and could be interesting on his chasing bow.
El Dancer (GER) 13-8 (11-0) Tracked leaders, out of view before 6th, 3rd when in view 11th, 2nd 4 out, challenged 3 out, in narrow lead when in view final 100 yards, driven out (no time taken due to very poor visibility), won at Leicester 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft beating Private Equity (10-13) by nk, 8 ran.
Barlow (IRE) 15-8fav (11-11) Made most, driven after 3 out, not fluent and headed last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Goring One (10-9) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Feb.
Deciding Moment (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Held up in touch towards rear, headway before 8th, challenging when not fluent 3 out, held final 150 yards, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Faultless Feelings (11-1) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Flichity (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) In touch in 4th until dropped rear after 6th, tailed off 9th, last of 5, 49l behind Conquisto (11-7) at Southwell 2m nov chs (3) gd.
Monroe Park (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) In rear, went 4th before 6th, weakened from 4 out, 4th of 5, 39l behind Conquisto (11-7) at Southwell 2m nov chs (3) gd.