MANY STARS showed promise between the flags and again on his second start over timber at Southwell in early December and today's conditions will suit. He has the potential to do better and gets the vote. The Backup Plan, narrowly beaten in a point-to-point in May, has been racing over trips much too short over hurdles and should get into the frame.Winning point-to-pointer Mercers Court has had a couple of runs in bumpers but his pedigree suggests he'll make a staying hurdler so he'll be going on at the finish. Tiller Belle showed potential in good ground bumpers but was soon done with on her hurdling bow in very testing going at Leicester in January. Royal Palladium has been well beaten in all four starts over timber.
Arfur Didit (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 8, 28l behind Moss On The Mill (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Many Stars (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Held up, jumped slowly 8th, headway after 3 out, chased winner approaching last, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Sego Success (10-12) at Southwell 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Mercers Court (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway over 4f out, went 3rd 3f out, stayed on to 2nd final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Virtuel D'oudon (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Montys Cash 12-1 (12-0) (h) bhnd til pu 15, in a race won by Rebel Paddy (12-0) at Chiddingfold, Leconfield & Cowdr 3m ptp gf in Apr, 8 ran.
Royal Palladium (FR) 40-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, ridden 2 out, never dangerous, 8th of 15, 39l behind Masquerade (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
The Backup Plan (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 13l behind Emral Silk (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Tiller Belle 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly and lost place 7th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Cogry (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.