PRINCELY HERO has come right back to his best and, despite being raised 7lb for a recent win over 2m4f here, has won off higher marks in the past. He's difficult to ignore in this grade as most of the opposition struggle to get their head in front. Shantou Breeze has gone up 4lb since losing out narrowly over 2m2f here last time while former pointer Bolachoir looked one-paced when runner-up at Taunton. Master Flight has clearly been difficult to keep sound but was only beaten a neck at Taunton in December following another lengthy break and could be well handicapped.
Princely Hero (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, lost place before 10th, rallied before 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on to lead near finish, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs beating Upton Mead (10-11) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Calypso Bay (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up on outside, closed 2nd, lost place 7th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Reginaldinho (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Jan, 9 ran.
Roisini Bay (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) (cp) ap; led 3 out; all out, won at Minehead Harriers and West Somer 3m ptp gd beating Stalbridgeswansong (12-0) by 2l, 7 ran.
Bolachoir (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Accessallareas (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.
Caunay 33-1 (10-12) With leader, slipped up on bend after 9th, in a race won by Lough Derg Way (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov chs 0-110 (4) gf, 13 ran.
Nothingbutthetruth (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, led before next, mistake 5th, not fluent 7th, headed 3 out, soon beaten, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Chilworth Screamer (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Doctor Ric (IRE) 22-1 (10-9) Behind, not fluent and stumbled 9th, struggling when blundered 13th, tailed off, 8th of 9, 46l behind Franklin Roosevelt (11-8) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Orion Star (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, lost place 5th, reminders 8th, weakened approaching 12th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Nudge And Nurdle (11-10) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep, 8 ran.
Ratify 7-1 (11-1) Led, jumped slow and headed briefly 4th, ridden before 13th, headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 8, 23l behind Foot The Bill (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Shantou Breeze (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 8th, ridden before last, kept on and just failed post, 2nd of 5, ns behind Time Book (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Lajidaal (USA) 7-2 (11-1) Led, pushed along and headed 9th, weakened before 4 out, 3rd of 8, 18l behind Princely Hero (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Massini Sunset (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, lost place after 7th, last next, soon behind, pulled up after, in a race won by Loughalder (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr, 13 ran.
Master Flight 6-4fav (10-0) Mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 3 out (usual 4 out), challenged next, ridden and stayed on to press winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Midnight Charmer (9-7) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Petrarchick (USA) 17-2 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 10th to track leaders in 3rd, no impression from 3 out, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Solitary Palm (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf.