DRUMSHAMBO still isn't foot-perfect but his staying-on third at Newbury on Saturday came against better horses and he's still unexposed over the larger obstacles. He could outclass these, though the drop in distance is a slight concern unless Bay Central decides to attack from the front again. Anay Turge has been in good form and likes soft ground. He makes more appeal than Humbel Ben while Rody and Bendant are reappearing after a break. Coolbeg was pulled up at Wincanton last month but his yard is going well now and it would be no surprise to see him last longer here.
Drumshambo (USA) 9-1 (11-9) Mid-division, jumped right and not fluent 4th, mistake 7th, ridden after 5 out, stayed on approaching last, kept on flat, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.
Rody (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Held up, slightly hampered 5th, headway 7th, led 3 out, ridden out, won at Leicester 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Feb beating Roanstar (10-13) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Bay Central (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Led, not fluent 1st, headed 9th, weakened before 4 out, 4th of 6, 39l behind Parsnip Pete (11-11) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Coolbeg (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, not fluent next, ridden after 10th, behind when mistake 12th, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Fairy Rath (11-10) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Anay Turge (FR) 3-1 (11-12) Held up, headway 7th, led approaching 4 out, jumped right 2 out, soon headed, beaten when not fluent last, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Bonoman (9-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Humbel Ben (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, pecked 5th, some headway 3 olut, never on terms, 6th of 8, 14l behind Marshal Zhukov (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Bendant 4-1 (11-12) Led, mistake 6th, ridden when not fluent 2 out, headed approaching last, no extra close home, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Josh's Dreamway (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Qualitee 8-1 (10-13) Chased winner until before 4 out, in 4th and held when fell 2 out, in a race won by Noble Legend (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov, 7 ran.