Rebecca Curtis trained the winner of the only previous renewal of this bumper and her Flemensfirth newcomer CHEAT THE CHEATER can oblige today. He cost £38,000 at the Newbury sales in November and is a half-brother to four winning jumpers including the top-class Takagi. Whisper, a full brother to a Fibresand bumper winner and a decent hurdler in France, is another interesting debutant while Al Alfa won a point-to-point in December and also represents a top yard. Peter Bowen saddles It's a Mistake and Berea Boru but both will probably need further in time.
Al Alfa (11-7) Mostly 3rd, disp 4out, ld bef 2out, hdd bef last where not fluent, so best to ld 50 yards out, won at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec beating Lisnagar State (11-7) by nk, 9 ran.
Bellisime (FR) 25-1 (10-13) Held up, headway over 8f out, ridden and lost place over 4f out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Letsby Avenue (10-12) at Haydock 2m NH flat (6) gd.
Cheat The Cheater (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Ballyclough Gale.
Its A Mistake (IRE) Aboo Hom gelding out of Creative Princess.
Simply Charles (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, outpaced over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 17l behind Yes Daddy (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Berea Boru (IRE) Brian Boru gelding out of Wayward Venture.
Bertie's Desire King's Theatre gelding out of Temptation.
Whisper (FR) Astarabad gelding out of Belle Yepa.
Genuine Art 33-1 (10-2) Held up behind in touch, headway on outside 5f out, chased leaders under pressure over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 32l behind Ballybough Pat (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) gd in Mar.