Richard Guest has been making hay with BE MY DEPUTY in minor contests and Friday's Leicester winner is probably the one to beat again here. Nico De Boinville's claim wipes out his penalty. Cara Court also arrives at the top of his game, however, having won over hurdles and fences in the last two weeks. Midnight Charmer won at Taunton before unseating his rider at Lingfield last month but Ohms Law had a couple of unfortunate experiences over fences last summer and the others don't look good enough.
Be My Deputy (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 6th, ridden and edged left after 2 out, headed before last, edged right and led again flat, stayed on, won at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb beating Oddjob (11-2) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Cara Court (IRE) 3-1 (9-12) Led soon after 2nd, made rest, clear from 4 out, hit last, unchallenged, won at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs beating Mansonien L'as (11-2) by 42l, 7 ran.
Xenophon 25-1 (10-8) In rear, jumped right 1st, jumped slowly next, weakened 3 out, 4th of 7, 32l behind Lough Coi (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Ohms Law 16-1 (9-10) Prominent, ridden after 4th, no impression before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 21l behind Prickles (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Midnight Charmer 2-1 (10-2) Tracked leading pair, hit 8th and ridden, weakened after 10th, behind when hampered by faller on ground and unseated rider last, in a race won by Red Anchor (11-1) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Solway Dornal 16-1 (10-6) In touch, headway 4th, with leaders next, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 11, well behind Sacco D'oro (10-1) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.