BUCK MAGIC was a very promising novice last season and made a highly satisfactory comeback from injury when third at Wincanton two weeks ago. Barry Geraghty's booking here is a positive sign and this unexposed sort should be able to win a decent contest off his current mark. Hat-trick-seeker Tarvini will love the ground but has been rested since winning easily at Doncaster in November and is 10lb higher today, while Godsmejudge was well beaten off today's mark on his handicap debut at Warwick. The mare Cinderella Rose also looks to be facing a stiff task at the weights but Theatrical Star doesn't look badly treated on the pick of his novice form and there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree.
South O'The Border 40-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling 8th, 13th of 16, 40l behind Thehillofuisneach (10-11) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) gs in Jan.
Cinderella Rose 5-2fav (11-3) Prominent, led 8th, not fluent next, strongly challenged approaching last, just held on, all out, won at Plumpton 2m 5f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Dec beating Twin Bud (10-0) by nk, 10 ran.
Love of Tara 33-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, led, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon outpaced, last of 6, 9l behind Violin Davis (11-0) at Ascot 3m hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Pavillon Bleu (FR) 33-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, mistake 3rd, headway approaching 6th, not fluent and outpaced 8th, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 15, 44l behind Knock A Hand (11-1) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Feb.
Godsmejudge (IRE) 3-1fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 7th, not fluent 9th, went 2nd approaching 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 21l behind Bellflower Boy (10-13) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Tarvini (IRE) 7-4fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along 5th, blundered 6th, in rear before 4 out, ridden and headway 3 out, led 2 out, soon clear, easily, won at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Nov beating Jewelled Dagger (11-4) by 23l, 5 ran.
Imperial Circus (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 4 out, ridden to challenge next, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 16, 14l behind Allthekingshorses (11-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Super Villan 7-1 (11-9) Pressed leader, mistake 3 out, soon led, headed before next, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 16, 12l behind Off The Ground (11-10) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb.
Buck Magic (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Held up, headway on outside 8th, went 3rd after 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Lovcen (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Theatrical Star 17-2 (11-11) Raced keenly, led narrowly 1st to next, tracked leaders, hit 5th, lost place before next, soon ridden, some headway 7th, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 14, 38l behind Nelson's Bridge (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Jan.
Blazing Buck 6-1 (10-9) Prominent, ridden after 5th, lost place 7th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 9, 48l behind Sandynow (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Always Waining (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, mistake and lost place 8th, not fluent next, hit 10th, stayed on after 3 out, went 3rd approaching last, no impression and soon weakened, demoted to 4th close home, 4th of 14, well behind West End Rocker (10-10) at Aintree 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) hvy in Dec.
Benbens (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th or 9th, led after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, hit last, headed post, 2nd of 11, shd behind Fox Appeal (11-2) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Lamboro Lad (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, soon chasing leaders, effort 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 6l behind Allthekingshorses (11-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.