Dormouse is on a hat-trick after back-to-back wins at Warwick and Taunton. He gets on well with the champ and, though now on a career-high mark, shouldn't be far away again as he handles heavy ground. Volcan Surprise didn't really deliver last season and must be worth opposing under top weight on his reappearance but the mare Synthe Davis was only beaten a head at Huntingdon last month and should strip fitter here. Manshoor is a previous C&D winner while Seedsman is unexposed and looks a better bet at the weights than Lindsay's Dream but it's YA HAFED that gets the nod. Sheena West's gelding is still a maiden over timber but has been second twice on soft going and could take advantage of his low weight.
Volcan Surprise (FR) 2-1fav (10-7) Held up in touch, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 14, 22l behind Jackson Cage (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Synthe Davis (FR) 3-1 (11-9) Tracked winner, ridden 3 out, challenged last, driven and gaining on winner near finish, 2nd of 6, hd behind Belle De Fontenay (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Dormouse 4-1fav (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 6th, went 3rd before 2 out, led run-in, kept on well, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Notarfbad (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Manshoor (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, pushed along 4th, ridden and well beaten after next, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Balgarry (11-7) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Ray Diamond 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place before 7th, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Camden (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs, 7 ran.
Taroum (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway bypassing normal 2 out, mistake last, never on terms, 6th of 10, 10l behind Open Day (11-2) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Seedsman 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, hit 8th and next, went 2nd 3 out until weakened next, 4th of 8, 21l behind Aikideau (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Ya Hafed 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, led after 5th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Just Beware (10-0) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Lindsay's Dream 7-1 (11-4) Raced wide in mid-division, headway approaching 4th, stayed on to 3rd approaching 2 out, kept on flat, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Miss Exhibitionist (11-10) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Gaelic Silver (FR) 33-1 (10-3) Mid-division, ridden and weakened soon after 3 out, 11th of 12, well behind General Ting (10-3) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft.
Lilac Belle 33-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden and headway before 2 out, weakened before last, 9th of 14, 16l behind Dormouse (11-7) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.