Another Flutter and Topthorn lack a recent run but Spoil Me will be fancied again, though continues to be let down by his jumping. RIDDLEOFTHESANDS won over course and distance in February and has raced over further in two subsequent starts. He may be ready to hit the winning trail again as Elsafeer is proving difficult to place and Kayalar may need more time. Carhue Princess usually races over further and Engai's recent runs have left much to be desired while the form of Take Of Shoc'S has also taken a downturn.
Engai (GER) 9-1 (11-7) Held up last, mistake 7th, went modest 4th next, 4th of 5, 35l behind Le Bacardy (11-11) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Elsafeer (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Disputed 2nd place until hit 3rd, chased leading pair, went 2nd again 6th until 8th, ridden and weakened before 4 out, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Umberto D'olivate (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Another Flutter (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, blundered 4th, not fluent next, ridden and looked held when fell 3 out, in a race won by Blake Dean (9-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Spoil Me (IRE) 11-4fav (11-8) Not fluent 1st, tracked leader, went left and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Itsuptoyou (11-7) at Taunton 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd, 9 ran.
Take Of Shoc's (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, jumped left, went 2nd after 2nd until 7th, lost place 8th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Riddlestown (11-3) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd, 12 ran.
Riddleofthesands (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led, headed before 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 7, 25l behind Little Jimmy (10-7) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Topthorn 25-1 (10-8) In touch, under pressure 6th, soon weakened, 9th of 10, well behind Un Anjou (10-9) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Kayalar (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, tracked winner 4th until 7th, dropped to 4th next, rallied 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 25l behind Lord Navits (11-10) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Carhue Princess (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Led until 6th, every chance when not fluent 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 12, 26l behind Fair Bramble (11-7) at Towcester 2m 3f Mares Novice Handicap Chase (0-110) (5yo+) (4) gd.