This is a competitive-looking novices' handicap and most of these have plenty of scope for improvement. Benhair, Merry King, Master Neo and Global Power all won last time - the latter could be well treated on his hurdles form. Seven Woods finished ahead of Master Neo when third to Houblon Des Obeaux at Worcester and could be sharpened up by blinkers while Godsmejudge made a promising start over fences behind Safran de Cotte at Stratford and should strip fitter here. The longer trip will suit Ascot third ROLLING ACES and, already a winner over fences in point-to-points, the six-year-old can open his account under Rules here as Bennys Mist has had his limitations exposed lately and Sherwani Wolf disappointed again when favourite at Wetherby.
Benheir (IRE) 13-8 (11-2) Tracked leader, mistake 8th, blundered 13th, challenged before 3 out, led before and mistake last, driven out, won at Fontwell 3m 2f beg chs (4) gs in Nov beating Oscargo (11-2) by 13l, 4 ran.
Rolling Aces (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, not fluent and lost position 7th, outpaced 3 out, driven between last 2, stayed on to take 3rd flat, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Hadrian's Approach (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.
Merry King (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Always prominent, led 2 out, 6 lengths clear last, driven out flat, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov beating Bubbly Bruce (11-5) by 5l, 7 ran.
Sir Kezbaah (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Chased leader, led narrowly bypassing omitted 8th (5 out), headed before 4 out, soon lost 2nd, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, stayed on again in closing stages, 4th of 7, 7l behind Milarrow (11-1) at Exeter 2m 1f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Godsmejudge (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders on inner, led 2 out, ridden and headed last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Safran De Cotte (11-3) at Stratford 2m 7f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) sft in Nov.
Global Power (IRE) 2-1fav (11-3) In touch, driven to challenge 3 out, led next, hard ridden after last, held on gamely, won at Fontwell 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Oct beating Dolatulo (11-3) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Seven Woods (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Prominent, pushed along 12th, not much room when mistake 4 out, beaten 2 out, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Houblon Des Obeaux (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gs in Oct.
Ballypatrick (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) With leaders, outpaced before 4 out, kept on from 2 out, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Broadbackbob (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Nov.
Patsy Finnegan 5-1 (10-13) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 6l behind Kuilsriver (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 5f con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in May.
Master Neo (FR) 17-2 (11-0) With leaders, led before 3 out, clear 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Uttoxeter 3m Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) hvy in Nov beating High Kite (11-3) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Bennys Mist (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd 18th until 3 out, soon driven along in 3rd, went 2nd again last, 3rd and one pace flat, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Time For Spring (11-9) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Sherwani Wolf (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 32l behind Alvarado (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Gores Island (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In rear, blundered 2nd, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 47l behind Safran De Cotte (11-3) at Stratford 2m 7f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) sft in Nov.
Listen Boy (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 5th before last, no impression, 4th of 11, 20l behind Safran De Cotte (11-3) at Stratford 2m 7f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) sft in Nov.
Handy Andy (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Last trio, struggling 12th, no chance when went left 2 out and last, 8th of 9, 29l behind Hadrian's Approach (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.
Amirico (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, last 4th, headway 12th, not fluent 3 out, 4th and beaten when not fluent last, 4th of 6, 16l behind Saskompliq (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.