Both Timesishard and Chestertern disappointed last time having won on their penultimate starts while Castle Conflict's form has gone to pot since winning at Hereford in January. Gambo is another finding life tough off higher marks having scored over fences last June so BRAVO BRAVO makes most appeal. He just failed to catch Araldur in a much tougher contest at Chepstow earlier this month and looks set for a return to winning ways with a similar effort. The unreliable Parc Des Princes is due one of his better attempts but Heavenstown and Dragon's Den are both upped in class having been placed on their latest starts.
Timesishard (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, led 8th, headed well before 2 out, chased leader until ridden and one pace in 4th approaching 2 out,, 4th of 7, 27l behind Uxizandre (11-9) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Midnight Tuesday (FR) 7-2 (11-2) Took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, headway 4 out, weakening when went left and jumped slowly 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Frontier Spirit (11-12) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar, 5 ran.
Chestertern 7-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, blundered badly 3rd, mistake next, struggling 5th, well behind 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Oscar Magic (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4-8yo) (3) gs in Mar, 13 ran.
Castle Conflict (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 3rd, ridden before 3 out, 3rd and weakening 2 out, soon appeared to go wrong, virtualy pulled up flat, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Kilmacowen (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar '12.
Gambo (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, 20l behind Bobowen (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Bravo Bravo 4-1 (9-8) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, led after 6th, headed after 2 out, soon edged right, every chance last, not quicken flat, stayed on to close on winner again close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Araldur (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Mark Twain (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened last, 7th of 13, 25l behind Sporting Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Heavenstown (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2 out (usual 3 out), ridden and hard pressed after last, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Decimus (11-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Dragon's Den (IRE) 4-1fav (11-8) Held up towards rear, good headway approaching 7th, chased leaders after 3 out, went 3rd before next, stayed on same pace from last, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Helium (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Russie With Love 12-1 (10-4) Set steady pace, not fluent 6th, headed next, weakened before 3 out where mistake, 8th of 9, well behind Prima Porta (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft in Feb.
Parc des Princes (USA) 9-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 14th of 19, 37l behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.