Shalambar has already won at Doncaster and Warwick this season but was well beaten off this mark at Sandown last time. The hard-pulling Wild Desert has changed stables since pulling up over a longer trip at Doncaster last month, but Robin De Creuse and Raduis Bleu have been knocking on the door and Master Fiddle should also be winning soon judged on his recent third to Raya Star at Doncaster. Alcalde was second to The Chazer over 2m1f here last time after winning at Fakenham and Flicka's Witness has been placed in all three starts over timber so far. But the booking of the talented Peter Carberry for BIG ROBERT catches the eye in this as Matt Sheppard's entire had some decent form the Flat on this quicker surface and was just beaten in a decent maiden on good ground over hurdles at Punchestown in the autumn.
Robin De Creuse (FR) 15-8fav (11-1) Held up mid-division on inner, headway to chase leaders after 5th, blundered 2 out, in 3rd and held when jumped badly right last, kept on, 3rd of 15, 7l behind First In The Queue (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gs.
Bobble Hat Bob (FR) 1-3fav (11-0) Always prominent, led 3 out, cruised clear flat, eased towards finish, won at Worcester 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul beating Master Cardor Visa (10-11) by 5l, 11 ran.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 6-1 (11-11) Soon led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Heez A Cracker (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Wild Desert (FR) 4-1fav (10-11) Led, took keen hold, hit 3rd, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Al Co (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb, 15 ran.
Alcalde 5-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged after 5th, ridden and edged right after 2 out, every chance flat, held by winner final 100 yards, stayed on, 2nd of 12, 1l behind The Chazer (11-11) at Newbury 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft.
Master Fiddle 5-2 (11-2) Chased leaders on outer, led 4 out, ridden and headed when not fluent 2 out, rallied and every chance last, kept on run-in, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Raya Star (11-2) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Ommega (FR) (10-5) in a race won by Bonnet Jaune (10-5) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 4f chs hvy in Nov '09, 12 ran.
Big Robert 16-1 (11-1) Raced wide in touch, headway on outside to chase leaders 5th, stayed on to modest 3rd last, 3rd of 10, 29l behind Bally Legend (11-4) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Feb.
Shalambar (IRE) 15-2 (11-3) Chased leading pair until before 3rd, ridden and weakened 3 out,, 6th of 9, 33l behind Kadouchski (10-3) at Sandown 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Feb.
Flicka's Witness (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Led and took keen hold early, headed before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 31l behind Bollin Felix (11-2) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Forest Rhythm (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear when fell 1st, in a race won by Laustra Bad (11-7) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd, 9 ran.
Kylenoe Fairy (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden after 7th, weakened next, behind when hit 3 out and next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Henry Hook (11-5) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs, 10 ran.
Teshali (IRE) 11-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, raced wide from after 4th, headway before next to chase leaders, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 11th of 14, well behind Karky Schultz (11-1) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
What An Oscar (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Always in rear, tailed off 6th, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Marleno (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Dec, 14 ran.
Rayon Vert (FR) 10-1 (10-10) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 2nd or 5th, no impression approaching 2 out, 7th of 10, 41l behind The Cayterers (10-3) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gf.
Cousin Maggie (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Prominent, went left 3 out, lost 2nd and outpaced soon after, rallied under pressure to 3rd before last, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Sum Laff (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd.