VENETIAN LAD was caught right on the line at Plumpton last time but is 3lb higher. He's done all of his winning around here, however, and should be thereabouts again so gets the nod ahead of Join The Navy, who didn't beat much over 2m2f here last month, and the frustrating Goring Two. Lord Singer has been taking on better company and shouldn't be ignored while there may be more to come from Tarraco but Moulin De La Croix seems to be struggling at present and it may also be worth opposing Red Anchor.
Lord Singer (FR) 5-1 (11-1) Held up in last pair, steady headway to chase leaders 7th, went 2nd before omittted next, driven before not fluent 2 out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd soon after, weakened to 4th at the last, 4th of 8, 16l behind Mister Matt (11-8) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Moulin de La Croix 16-1 (10-8) Towards rear, weakened before 4 out, 7th of 8, well behind Noble Legend (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Tarraco (FR) 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders in 4th, weakened 6th, losing touch when hit next, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Ringa Bay (11-4) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Venetian Lad 5-1 (11-0) Held up towrads rear, headway approaching 3 out, led before last, kept on flat, caught post, 2nd of 10, ns behind Five Rivers (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Porters War (IRE) 11-4 (10-7) Close up, mistake 11th, ridden 4 out, pressed leader 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Moscow Chancer (10-9) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Join The Navy 13-8fav (11-4) Held up in touch in last, not fluent 5th, headway after 7th, led before 3 out, rider dropped whip soon after last, clear final 100 yards, stayed on, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Mar beating Tchang Goon (10-0) by 7l, 5 ran.
Red Anchor (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) In touch, went 3rd before 7th, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 7, 5l behind Doheny Bar (10-5) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Goring Two (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Led, clear before 3 out, reduced lead next, ridden and headed last, kept on under pressure flat, finished tired, always held, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Oranger (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Seventh Hussar 12-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, not fluent 9th, lost place after 4 out, weakened 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Be My Deputy (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb, 13 ran.