The fact that plater Mangonel heads the weight in this finale suggests it won't take much winning. Admiral Blake is an obvious candidate having opened his account when well backed at Taunton in February and he's only been raised the default 6lb but LEDBURY STAR is certain to strip fitter for last month's second at Newton Abbot and he should be in the shake-up with a similar effort. Gilzean has shown some ability and can't be ignored but failed chaser Monroe Park makes little appeal back over the smaller obstacles and a long absence will probably count against Iheardu and River Beauty.
Mangonel 9-1 (11-7) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 6th, went 2nd after 3 out, upsides and every chance when fell 2 out, in a race won by Gilded Age (11-7) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 10 ran.
Whatsabillion (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Took keen hold, led, not fluent 8th, headed before 3 out, weakened approaching next, 12th of 15, 35l behind Tarabela (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Iheardu 9-1 (10-7) Not always fluent, in rear, behind 15th, pulled up after, in a race won by Hunters Lodge (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct, 17 ran.
Strange Bird (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, went 2nd after 5th until after 3 out, 4th and no extra before last, 4th of 8, 18l behind Iron Butterfly (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Regal Brook 16-1 (11-5) In touch, stumbled on landing 6th, ridden 13th, weakened 3 out, 4th of 7, 43l behind Gemini Ahhs (11-5) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Gilzean (IRE) 4-1fav (10-13) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 8th, went 2nd after 3 out, soon ridden, lost 2nd 2 out, no extra in 4th before last, 4th of 14, 23l behind The Last Bridge (10-1) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb.
Milosam (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 11th of 12, well behind Still Believing (9-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
River Beauty 12-1 (11-7) Nt jw; a last; pu 13, in a race won by Findlay's Find (11-7) at Maisemore Park 3m ptp gf in Apr '11, 16 ran.
Ledbury Star (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, went 2nd before 5th, led on long run between last 2, ridden and headed last, no extra in clear 2nd flat, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Cladding (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Monroe Park (IRE) 9-1 (10-1) Held up behind leaders, not fluent 3rd, fell 9th, in a race won by Doubletoilntrouble (11-12) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar, 6 ran.
De Waiting Game (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) In touch, weakened from 13th, pulled up, in a race won by Blackwell Synergy (11-10) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar, 8 ran.
Admiral Blake 9-4fav (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, pushed laong in 5th after 3 out, stayed on to chase leader approaching last, led flat, stayed on well, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb beating Man Of Leisure (11-6) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Conn Man (IRE) 80-1 (10-6) Led until after 2nd, weakened 5 out, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Bravo Riquet (11-2) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar, 13 ran.
Achieved 33-1 (10-0) Last pair, not fluent 3rd, refused next, in a race won by Little Jimmy (10-10) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.
Formedable (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, driven in 4th after 10th, went 2nd 4 out until soon after next, reminders soon after, dropped to 4th before 2 out where left modest 3rd, no impression, weakened and lost 3rd flat, 4th of 10, 11l behind Gilded Age (11-7) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.