An ordinary affair but CASTLE BEACH has shown distinct promise in a couple of bumpers and is interestingly stepped up considerably in trip for this hurdling bow. Only asked to carry 10st with his useful conditional's claim taken into account, Rebecca Curtis' charge doesn't look to face overly stern opposition and is awarded the vote in preference to Red Admirable. The latter has performed consistently well in the pointing field, a bumper and over hurdles last time and looks likely to make the frame once more. Fishing Bridge is interesting on the back of two winning efforts between flags whilst Minella Fifty has given the distinct impression that there's definitely more to come.
Edgar Jones 66-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 6th, lost place next, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Whisky Yankee (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs.
Fishing Bridge (IRE) 4-7 (12-0) 2nd til led 14; sn clr; easy, won at Lydstep 3m ptp gs in Apr beating Jimmy Bedney (12-0) by 15l, 4 ran.
Gwili Spar 100-1 (10-9) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, ridden after next, lost touch and pulled up before 5th, in a race won by Whisper (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Kalani King (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Held up in rear and keen, headway to chase leaders before 4 out, soon weakened, last of 10, well behind Midnight Oscar (10-12) at Doncaster 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Louis Phillipe (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 4f out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 41l behind Sankyouplease (10-12) at Chepstow 2m Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Maiden (4-6yo) (6) gs in Feb.
Lucky To Be Alive (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, ridden and lost touch after 7th, tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind Whisky Yankee (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs.
Milosam (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Behind, headway into mid-division 4th, hit next and 6th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 7th of 15, 50l behind Annacotty (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Minella Fifty (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Prominent until 7th, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 16, well behind Whisky Yankee (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs.
Rainbow Haze 28-1 (11-10) In touch, lost place 5th, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Xaarcet (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb, 16 ran.
Red Admirable (IRE) 18-1 (11-1) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 4th, went 2nd approacing 3 out, ridden when left in 2 lengths lead 2 out, headed last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ballybogey (11-4) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Road Show 100-1 (10-13) Prominent when hampered 1st, mid-division, struggling 3rd, pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Whisper (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Sandanski (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Prominent, not fluent 1st, no extra 2 out, 5th of 13, 42l behind Ugly Bug (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Still Believing (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, steady headway over 5f out, chased leading trio over 3f out, still chance approaching final 2f, hung left and no extra over 1f out, 5th of 13, 18l behind Molly's A Diva (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m mrs N H flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Tiger's Jacey (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, struggling after 5th, tailed off, 4th of 9, 41l behind The New One (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Vintage Vixon (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up behind, chased leaders 3 out, soon outpaced, never on terms, 5th of 7, 28l behind Call Me A Star (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Castle Beach (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Led until over 4f out, soon outpaced, stayed on strongly closing stages, 3rd of 13, 26l behind Oscar Hoof (11-5) at Ludlow 1m 6f NH flat (5) sft in Jan.