Descaro was receiving 5lb when beating LAUBERHORN by just under three lengths in a seller here last month. The pair meet off level weights today so you'd expect Evan Williams' charge turn to the tables and he is probably the one to beat on recent form. However, Latest Trend drops into a claimer for the first time and has the ability to figure while Uncle Roger and Smiling Lady are others eased in grade. The four-year-olds Golden Acorn and Rano Pano are already exposed at this level, however, and likely to find a couple too good again while Sure Thing looks a shadow of his former self.
The De Thaix (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on outside, reminders and joined leading pair after 3rd, lost place next, 6th and beaten when mistake 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Pepite Rose (10-12) at Warwick 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy in Feb '11, 7 ran.
Latest Trend (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Slow jump 5th, always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Be All Man (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb.
Echo Dancer 50-1 (10-7) Held up, headway 4th, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, mistake last, 4th of 5, 25l behind Descaro (10-11) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Sure Thing (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Unruly in preliminaries and unseated rider, led, not fluent 2 out, soon headed, weakened flat, 8th of 15, 20l behind Utopian (10-13) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Diamond Tammy (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3rd, headway when not fluent 5th, ridden before 2 out, soon beaten, 8th of 15, 34l behind Rocky Elsom (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Descaro (USA) 7-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, bumped last, driven and stayed on flat, won at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Lauberhorn (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Lauberhorn 7-4 (11-5) Led, not fluent 6th, joined 3 out, headed next, soon hard ridden, went right and bumped winner last, stayed on same pace flat, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Descaro (10-11) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Naledi 20-1 (10-4) Always behind, ridden after 5th, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Lean Burn (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Zakaroo 100-1 (11-2) Led after 1st, not fluent 2nd, headed 5th, not fluent next, weakened 7th, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Whisky Yankee (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Uncle Roger (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden after 4 out, weakened after next, 8th of 18, 46l behind Lordofthehouse (11-6) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Landown Littlerock 25-1 (10-2) Always towards rear, 8th of 11, well behind King Fingal (11-1) at Catterick 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Miss Overbury (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Started slowly, pulled hard and tended to jump right, headway to chase leaders 4th, led before 5th, clear when pecked next, reduced lead before 3 out, headed and weakened soon after 3 out, blunderd next, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Flaming Arrow (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) sft in Mar.
Perfect Outlook 16-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, some headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 15, 45l behind Hefner (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Smiling Lady (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Close up, ridden to chase winner 3 out until next, weakened last, 4th of 8, 18l behind Queens Grove (10-9) at Taunton 2m 1f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) sft in Nov.
Golden Acorn (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leading pair until after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Bach On Tow (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Rano Pano (USA) 11-4 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway to go 5th before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 22l behind King Fingal (11-1) at Catterick 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Mar.