The presence of CONFLICTOFINTEREST appears to have scared off any of the meaningful opposition and he can land this race at the expense of Preuty Boy and Ellen Street. Paul Nicholls has been on record as suggesting that the seven-year-old has been waiting for better ground and having missed Cheltenham last week, it would be disappointing were the wait not worthwhile. Preuty Boy has to be respected from the Alan Fleming yard. The market has to be watched. Ellen Street will qualify for handicaps after today's race so may make more appeal at that particular juncture. Nothing's Easy made hard work of a recent outing at Ludlow and has to improve dramatically to win this. Abbey Dore did not handle soft going at Plumpton. Ede' The Best has failed to build upon the promise of an eyecatching debut in a bumper. It is hard to oppose Conflictofinterest and we seek not to.
Abbey Dore (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Always behind, tailed off 5th, badly hampered 6th and pulled up 4 out in race won by Zemsky (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs, 9 ran.
Conflictofinterest 9-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd well before 2 out, narrow lead 2 out, soon strongly pressed, driven and edged right flat, headed towards finish, soon lost 2nd, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Trenchant (10-11) at Kempton 2m nov hdl Grd 2 (1) gs in Feb.
Ellen Street (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Held up, ridden 5th, never troubled leaders, 6th of 8, 26l behind Trafalgar Road (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Nothing's Easy (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Pulled hard, mid-division, mistake 1st, blundered 6th, no headway, 9th of 16, well behind Acordeon (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nh mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Ede's The Best 100-1 (10-2) Towards rear, mistake 6th, mid-division when mistake and weakened 3 out, 4th of 12, 30l behind Astrodome (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (5) gs.
Preuty Boy (FR) Saint Preuil gelding out of Titian Queen.
Uncle Arther 125-1 (10-12) Ridden 4 out, always in rear, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Silk Hall (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.