Pancake has ability but has two ways of running and will almost certainly need this. Stable companion Timetoring was third in a better race here last month but still beaten more than 50 lengths while Pacha D'Oudairies doesn't win very often, though is usually thereabouts at this level. Bonoman won over 2m here in November but has won twice over this longer trip between the flags and has to go on the short-list while Billybo won a small race at Towcester before finishing second at Fontwell, though was beaten a long way. THE LAST BRIDGE came good over hurdles at Taunton last month under Richard Johnson, who takes the ride as the gelding tries fences again for the first time since pulling up at Ludlow in November. If jumping better, he's well handicapped so gets a tentative vote.
Timetoring 50-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 4th, went 2nd 6th until 8th, weakened 4 out, 3rd of 9, well behind Seigneur Des Bois (10-9) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Pancake (FR) 9-2 (10-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 7th, in rear before 9th, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Sea Saffron (11-4) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in May, 7 ran.
Bonoman (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) In touch, outpaced 5 out, never on terms, 6th of 13, 17l behind Le Grand Chene (10-11) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden before 4 out, soon outpaced, kept on same pace from 3 out, 4th of 12, 13l behind Keeverfield (10-13) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb.
Mr Bb (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Towards rear early, mid-division halfway, 7th after 4 out, headway into 2nd 3 out, ridden entering straight, no impression winner after 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 9l behind Letterlee Star (10-2) at Thurles 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Feb.
Notabotheronme (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) In rear, hampered 1st, headway approaching 2 out, staying on into 5th but not on terms with leaders when hung left before last and unseated rider, in a race won by Jupiter Rex (10-13) at Ludlow 3m cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb, 13 ran.
Billybo 2-7fav (10-0) Chased leaders, chased winner before 4th, led approaching and not fluent 5th, headed 8th, chased winner, well held from 13th, no chance when blundered 4 out, 2nd of 6, 45l behind Wild Ground (10-6) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, blundered 11th, driven and outpaced before 2 out (usual 3 out), soon no impression, 4th of 10, 18l behind Midnight Charmer (9-7) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Lapin Garou (FR) 6-5fav (11-6) Never travelled or jumped with any fluency, in touch, mistake 2nd and not fluent 7th, driven and struggling after 9th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sulpius (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Waltzing Tornado (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent when hampered 1st, mistake 6th, headway 10th, not fluent 13th, hampered 3 out, mistake 2 out, one pace, 4th of 13, 9l behind Jupiter Rex (10-13) at Ludlow 3m cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
The Last Bridge 14-1 (10-1) Raced wide, chased leaders, reminder after 7th, went 2nd 8th, ridden after 3 out, went 2nd and not fluent 2 out, still 10 lengths to find at the last, closed flat, in narrow lead when jinked left at paddock gate 100 yards out, held on, won at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb beating Silky Bob (10-12) by hd, 14 ran.
De Waiting Game (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Led, not fluent 5th, headed 15th, not fluent and pecked next, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Franklin Roosevelt (11-10) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.