Plenty Of Chat's form looks solid enough however DANCING DAFFODIL looks the type to improve now handicapping and she is preferred to Keepholdin. Robin Dickin's mare has had three starts over hurdles at big prices, and her best efforts have come on testing ground. She has a mark of 79 to race from today which looks manageable and with the longer trip in her favour she could run well. Plenty Of Chat is one of many in the race who are also stepping up in trip and this son of Oscar is fitted with a tongue-tie for the first time; on the form book he looks the one to beat and is feared. Bled's run behind Moleskin in November reads well but subsequent efforts have been poor, Flowonlovelyriver could be well-treated on a mark of 90, whilst blinkers are tried on Billybo for the first time as he returns to hurdling. Somerset Rose needs a market check, however the vote is given to Dancing Daffodil.
Plenty Of Chat (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Held up in rear, not fluent 9th, headway next, mistake 11th, mistake 3 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 12, 15l behind Thirtythreeblack (10-5) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jul.
Bled (FR) 33-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, reminders 5th, tailed off 3 out, 12th of 14, well behind Stick Together (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Flowonlovelyriver (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Chase leaders, weakened from 3 out, 10th of 15, 37l behind Guydus (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Daarth 40-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, lost place approaching 5th, no impression after, 8th of 15, 25l behind Jackers (11-5) at Towcester 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-90 (5) hvy in Jan.
Finmere (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, ridden after 3rd, hit 5th, struggling from 10th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Paktol Des Brosses (10-9) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Feb, 13 ran.
Billybo 5-1 (10-4) Chased leader until 8th, weakened soon after 4 out, 5th of 8, 35l behind Shaking Hands (11-3) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
Mansolias (FR) 11-1 (11-7) Pressed leader until jumped slowly 8th, soon given reminders, jumped slowly next, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Petroglyph (11-0) at Ludlow 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Dancing Daffodil 250-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 12, 35l behind Banjaxed Girl (10-12) at Southwell 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Somerset Rose 100-1 (10-5) Towards rear, lost place approaching 3 out, 5th of 8, 39l behind Good Old Thyme (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Silver Phoenix 16-1 (10-3) Chased leaders until weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Letham Island (11-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb.
Keepholdin (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Behind, headway 5 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened after 3 out, 3rd of 9, 25l behind Vivarini (10-10) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Roseville (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Disputed distant 4th from 9th, left remote 2nd 2 out, 2nd of 5, dis behind Seymour Weld (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov stks (2) gd in Apr.
Henbeck Lady (IRE) 250-1 (10-7) Held up and keen, soon tracking leaders, weakened approaching 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Whats Up Woody (11-0) at Hexham 3m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.