This looks competitive with no fewer than 15 runners set to face the starter but Nicky Henderson's THEFT is less exposed than her rivals after just seven starts, looks to be going the right way and she gets the vote to open her account today with the main dangers rated as Armenian Boy and Prince du Seuil. Alan King's gelding showed better form when returned to hurdles at Sandown recently after three outings over fences previously this term and he has to be respected having been dropped 2lbs since then. Make Haste disappointed on heavy ground at Exeter at the beginning of the month and may do better back on faster ground today as he preferred that on the flat. Gary Moore's Cockatoo has been placed in his last two starts but seems a shade high in the handicap at present, while A Bit of Fun has more to do off a 7lb higher mark than when successful at Taunton last time. Mollys Garden stepped up on previous efforts when successful at Stratford earlier this month and he has every chance off just a 5lb higher mark today, while David Pipe's Armenian Boy improved considerably on his reappearance run when a good third last time and he has every chance if able to step up on that again. Preference though is for Nicky Henderson's Theft, who is taken to open her account over timber.
At The Money 25-1 (11-9) Led to 6th, chased winner until 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 19, 13l behind Cathedral Rock (11-10) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Feb.
Make Haste (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Chased clear leader, closed on leader after 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 10, 26l behind Master d'Or (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Khumbu 50-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden 4 out, lost touch soon after, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Eleazar (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb, 14 ran.
Prince du Seuil (FR) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division some headway after 3 out, ridden and one pace from next, 5th of 14, 13l behind Stance (10-4) at Sandown 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Isle de Maurice 7-1 (11-4) Held up, ridden and outpaced after 6th, beaten after, 9th of 11, 22l behind Dont Tell The Wife (10-11) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs.
Theft 12-1 (11-0) Led until narrowly headed 5th, chased leader until outpaced 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, left 3rd last, kept on flat, just missed 2nd, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Indian Blood (10-6) at Newbury 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Feb.
Armenian Boy (FR) 16-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, steady headway 5th, challenged and hit 2 out, led soon after, headed between last 2, no extra and lost 2nd last, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Quattrocento (11-7) at Folkestone 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
A Bit of Fun 25-1 (11-6) Held up, headway 3 out, ridden to lead approaching 2 out, kept on well, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft beating Nearby (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Gallileo Figaro (USA) 150-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened after 6th, tailed off next, 17th of 21, well behind Quevega (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl Grd 2 (1) gs.
Cockatoo (USA) 16-1 (11-6) Led to 5th, lost place after 3 out, rallied after next, stayed on to take 3rd flat, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Spanish Conquest (10-9) at Kempton 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Glad Big (GER) 7-1 (10-4) Held up, mistake 2nd, headway approaching 6th, ridden when mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 17l behind Bureaucrat (11-11) at N Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in May.
Tech Eagle (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, soon chased leaders on outside, hit 5th, went 2nd 3 out, weakened soon after, last of 15, 27l behind Ingratitude (11-9) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Dec.
Former Senator (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, left 3rd last, no extra, 5th of 15, 16l behind Jawad (11-7) at Roscommon 2m hacp hdl gs in Sept '06.
Mollys Garden (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Held up, headway approaching last, ridden to lead over 1f out, ridden out, won at Stratford 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating Blazing Desert (11-9) by 2l, 15 ran.
Shinnecock Bay 11-1 (11-2) In touch, lost place after 4th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Summery Justice (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.