Tap Night was sent off favourite at Ayr a couple of weeks ago but let supporters down again in finishing 16 lengths behind winner Scotch Warrior. Mike Smith's charge has already won six times around here and has to go on the short-list again while Shadows Lengthen has hit form with a vengeance and is on a hat-trick after victories at Doncaster and Haydock. Quincy Des Pictons and Wicklow Lad are others worth a second look but the handicapper seems to have a firm grip on Conquisto and Dare Me has lost his way again. MAJALA beat His Excellency in a Grade 2 at Warwick last season but has found life tough this term since chasing home Sire De Grugy on his reappearance. He's on a fair mark now, however, and would be a threat to all if getting his act together today.
Conquisto 9-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, mistake 7 out, soon weakened tailed off, 5th of 8, 36l behind Simply Ned (10-11) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs (2) gs in Jan.
Silver Roque (FR) 16-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, behind when not fluent 12th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Double Ross (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec, 13 ran.
Tap Night (USA) 10-3fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, jumped slowly and reminder 10th, hit next, not fluent 12th, effort after 13th, mistake and well held 4th 3 out, 4th of 9, 16l behind Scotch Warrior (10-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs.
Dare Me (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, blundered 7th, plugged on approaching last, never involved, 7th of 16, 19l behind Parsnip Pete (10-10) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd.
Bobowen (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Towars rear, struggling 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Bouggler (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep, 16 ran.
Majala (FR) 6-1 (11-8) Tracked leader, led 4th, mistake 6th, mistake and headed 8th, stayed in touch, trying to rally on inside when mistake 3 out (normal 4 out), soon beaten, last of 7, 26l behind Shangani (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Mar.
His Excellency (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, weakened from 4 out, 4th of 7, 20l behind Le Bacardy (10-1) at Ayr 2m lstd hcp chs (1) gs.
Roudoudou Ville (FR) 25-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, held up in touch, disputing 4th at 9th, 3rd after 4 out, 2nd approaching 3 out until approaching last, 3rd and one pace flat, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 7, 13l behind Fruity O'Rooney (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd.
Quincy Des Pictons (FR) 7-1 (11-9) Prominent, ridden after 4 out, no impression on winner from next, one pace, 2nd of 5, 11l behind Consigliere (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Mar.
Shadows Lengthen 5-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, challenged 2 out, kept on to lead close home, won at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar beating Real Milan (11-4) by shd, 9 ran.
Scotch Warrior 22-1 (10-8) Prominent on outside, led 9th until 10th, 3rd when mistake 4 out, rallied and went 3 lengths 2nd last, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs beating Quito Du Tresor (10-3) by nk, 9 ran.
Wicklow Lad 6-4fav (10-8) Chased leaders in 3rd, reminders before 5 out, weakened before next, 4th of 5, well behind Jimmy The Hat (10-2) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Mar.
Tartan Snow 25-1 (12-0) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, went 3rd before 2 out, ridden before last, chased winner before elbow(1f out), kept on and no impression, 2nd of 21, 13l behind Warne (12-0) at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (2) gd.