Frontier Dancer just held off the attentions of Caddie Master in testing ground over 3m at Ffos Las earlier this month but the latter is fancied to reverse running back on a faster surface. Sivola De Sivola never looked like winning but acquitted himself well in Grade 2 company at Cheltenham last time after landing a couple of lesser events and could figure, while Like Minded has some decent form to his credit and is not easily dismissed on his reappearance and preferred to stablemate Prince Tom. However, KASBADALI made a winning return at Ludlow recently and, as this longer trip looks sure to suit, Oliver Sherwood's progressive hurdler gets the vote ahead of last month's Kelso runner-up Arctic Court.
Or Noir De Somoza (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, lost place approaching 3rd, in rear thereafter, 7th of 10, well behind The Knoxs (10-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Le Beau Bai (FR) 12-1 (11-11) Always behind, pulled up before last, tailed off, in a race won by Giles Cross (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft, 16 ran.
Like Minded 11-2 (10-6) Held up towards rear, hampered 6th, headway to 4th after 3 out, ridden before next, hit last, switched right and kept on flat, went 4th post, 4th of 11, 6l behind Act Of Kalanisi (10-0) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Arctic Court (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Tracked winner, took keen hold on outer, pushed along before 2 out and lost 2nd place, chased winner from last, no impression, 2nd of 4, 17l behind Aikman (11-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Prince Tom 16-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, hit 3 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 20, 19l behind Kilcrea Kim (10-12) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Feb.
Frontier Dancer (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, went 2nd going well 3 out, led after 2 out, not fluent last, soon headed, led again flat, all out, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft beating Caddie Master (11-4) by shd, 10 ran.
Caddie Master (IRE) 4-1fav (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 8th, ridden and hung left after 3 out, driven and every chance flat, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 10, shd behind Frontier Dancer (11-3) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Sivola De Sivola (FR) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, lost place 4 out, soon outpaced, no impression from next, 5th of 10, 13l behind Fingal Bay (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl G2 (1) gs.
Kasbadali (FR) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 7th, close 3rd when not much room last, led flat, stayed on well, won at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd beating Whispering Jack (11-10) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Carribs Leap (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Prominent, ridden to challenge approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 14, 24l behind Poungach (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gs in Jan.
Simply Blue 40-1 (10-4) Raced in last pair, outpaced 5th, left well beaten 4th 2 out, never near leaders, 4th of 5, 30l behind Celestial Halo (11-10) at Wincanton 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs.
The Shy Man (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch 9th, led approaching 3 out, soon hard pressed, hit next, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Monsieur Cadou (11-6) by 4l, 15 ran.