National Trust has been very well placed to complete a hat-trick in minor events over hurdles and will find this much more difficult. Bermuda Boy had 19 runs on the Flat in France before a moderate debut for Paul Nicholls over timber at Wincanton in March. His Flat speed should stand him in good stead here as it will for First Smash, a winner in Germany in 2008 and placed in Ireland last year. Giorgio Quercus has won three times over timber but hasn't been seen since April of last year so the confirmed fitness and Flat speed of WADE FARM BILLY may see him home as he finished runner-up in a 1m5f maiden on this track earlier this month.
Balustrade (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Led until after 2nd, weakened from 7th, last of 7, 39l behind Amirico (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Bermuda Boy (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, chased leaders approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 17, 24l behind Nice One Eric (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
First Smash (GER) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 3 out, under pressure in 7th 2 out, moderate 6th last, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 10l behind Honour The World (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl gd in Jul '09.
Giorgio Quercus (FR) 7-4fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure to go 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 15l behind Apartman (10-12) at Ayr 2m 4yo nov hdl (3) gd in Apr '09.
Master Paddy (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) In touch until pushed along and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind High Benefit (10-5) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
National Trust 3-10fav (11-1) Tracked leader and keen, niggled along after 4 out, led 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon clear and ridden, easily, won at Wetherby 2m 6f 4yo clm hdl (5) sft in Nov beating Corlande (11-0) by 14l, 4 ran.
This Masquerade 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear, pushed along when mistake 6th, soon beaten, tailed off, 9th of 12, 43l behind Time For Spring (10-12) at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Wade Farm Billy (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, hard driven approaching 2 out, never dangerous, 15th of 16, well behind Gold Reef (10-13) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (3) gs in Nov.
Aine's Delight (IRE) 15-2 (10-5) Pulled hard in touch, left in lead approaching 4th, headed before next, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Dark Lover (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Little Roxy (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, soon chasing leaders, never able to challenge, 5th of 11, 20l behind Just The Job (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Nov.
Sieglinde (FR) 66-1 (10-5) Chased winner, dropped to 3rd when mistake 4th, chased winner again 7th, ridden and lost 2nd before 3 out, well held 3rd when hit last 3, 3rd of 6, 26l behind Easter Legend (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.