Stablemates Petroupetrov and Landenstown Star both have to go on the short-list in this modest heat but the likes of Grovemere, Mercury Bay and The Composer all lack a recent run. Noble Chic has been well beaten in his last couple of starts but races off the same mark as when a close second at Market Rasen on Boxing Day and deserves respect on that run. BARTON GIFT has yet to make the frame in six starts but looks to be heading in the right direction and has been dropped a further 3lb since finishing fifth to the prolific Jupiter Rex at Taunton in January. Nico De Boinville is good value for his 3lb claim and his mount gets the nod.
Cap Falco (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) No ch 16; pu last, in a race won by Bay To Go (12-0) at Dunston Harriers 3m ptp gd in Jan, 8 ran.
Noble Chic 50-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders on outside, closed 2nd, no extra 3 out, 4th of 9, 30l behind Faultless Feelings (11-1) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Grovemere (IRE) 5-2fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th until 6th, soon ridden along, responded to pressure and challenged 11th, led 13th, headed 4 out, hit 2 out and weakened, eased, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Lost Glory (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Aug '11.
Life Long (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 4th, pushed along after 6th, weakened next, tailed off and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Killimore Cottage (11-2) at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.
Mercury Bay (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Chased leader, hit 8th, left 3rd last, weakened flat, lost 2 places close home, 5th of 14, 16l behind Tartan Tiger (11-0) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Conkies Lad (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, not fluent 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Come On Annie (9-13) at Ffos Las 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb.
Petroupetrov (FR) 7-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 7th, went 2nd last, stayed on, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 13, 3l behind I Know The Code (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb.
Cornerhouse Sam (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Held up in last, not fluent 7th, well behind 9th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Faultless Feelings (11-1) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Landenstown Star (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, headway after 5th, one pace before last, 6th of 13, 13l behind I Know The Code (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Led 1st, ridden before 6th, headed after 8th, 4th and one pace before 3 out, no impression, 4th of 7, 41l behind Matrow's Lady (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Barton Gift 8-1 (11-7) Prominent on outside, ridden after 4 out, one pace before last, no impression, 5th of 7, 9l behind Jupiter Rex (11-8) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Master Cardor Visa (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leader until over 5f out, soon lost place, 7th of 8, 15l behind Foster's Road (10-8) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
The Composer 12-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway approaching 3rd, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Sieglinde (10-0) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jun.
Turbulance (IRE) 17-2 (10-2) Tracked leaders, under pressure after 6th, soon lost place, tailed off when virtually refused 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Landenstown Star (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.