QALINAS looked all over the winner at Sandown nine days ago but weakened close home and was overhauled by Kadouchski. It was harsh of the handicapper to put the four-year-old up 3lb for that effort but he'll be suited by this easier track and should make a bold bid to go one better. If I Had Him is only a plater nowadays but there are possibilities about the lightly-raced Ubi Ace, whose third to Aikman over 2m4f at Musselburgh looks better now than it did at the time. Remarkably, Wester Ross has finished second on all four previous runs over this C&D so he's another to consider as he didn't appear to get home over 2m6f at Wincanton last time.
Share Option 25-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway 8th, soon ridden, chasing leaders 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 8th of 18, 19l behind Astracad (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Ubi Ace 7-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, soon tracked winner, hit 4th, challenged when mistake 7th, lost 2nd when mistake 3 out, kept on same pace fom next, no impression, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Aikman (11-1) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb.
Wester Ross (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Reluctant to race and slowly away, in rear, mistake 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 20th of 21, 44l behind Sparrow Hills (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Quinola Des Obeaux (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Si Bien (11-0) at Newcastle 2m beg chase (4) sft in Jan, 5 ran.
Rich Lord 50-1 (11-5) Always in rear, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Daring Origyn (11-8) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Feb.
Babilu 25-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear and keen, headway approaching to chase leaders when fell 6th, in a race won by Karky Schultz (11-1) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb, 14 ran.
Qalinas (FR) 5-2fav (10-13) Led, headed before 3rd, chased leader, led again 3 out, ridden and hung right after 2 out, over 1 length ahead last, no extra flat and headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Kadouchski (10-3) at Sandown 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Feb.
If I Had Him (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Led, kicked on approaching 3 out, headed flat, held close home, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Mickmacmagoole (11-3) at Ludlow 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Feb.
Ezdiyaad (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Held up in rear, outpaced on outside after 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 28l behind L'Eldorado (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Peintre Du Roi (USA) 100-1 (11-2) Chased leading trio, slightly lost place 6th, stayed on again to modest 3rd when blundered last, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Mr Muddle (10-7) at Folkestone 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Sole Bonne Femme (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Led until 2nd, led 5th, headed when lost footing behind 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Najca De Thaix (11-7) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan, 15 ran.
Silent Jo (JPN) 33-1 (10-11) Held up in mid-division, reminder after 5th, weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 12, 22l behind Quite The Man (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jan.
Double Handful (GER) 15-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened soon after, 8th of 9, well behind Dormouse (11-9) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.