Crookstown was a winner without a penalty at Exeter last time but failed to take advantage. Troufion went close behind At Reception, who runs in the previous race, at this track last month and BOB'S LEGEND almost defied a 12lb rise when second to Calaf at Stratford on his latest start. This looks no tougher and the latter is taken to go one better in his current mood. Bold Tara scored in heavy ground here in January though is 10lb higher for this but Surf And Turf has won off a higher mark over fences and Bold Raider also has a shout.
Crookstown 13-8fav (11-3) Mid-division, headway after 3rd, not fluent 3 out, challenging when not fluent next, no impression on winner and stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Generous Ransom (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Colebrooke 14-1 (11-4) Mid-divison, closed after 4th, lost place after next, hampered 8th, still just about in touch after 4 out, weakened before next, last of 17, well behind Mister Newby (11-9) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Troufion (FR) 66-1 (10-8) Prominent, took keen hold, led after 3rd, headed 4 out, weakened after next, 12th of 16, well behind Simply A Legend (11-1) at Ascot 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Bold Raider (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, mistake and dropped rear 2nd, ridden when not fluent 7th, well behind after 3 out, last of 8, well behind Kodicil (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Surf And Turf (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders after 3rd, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Waltz Darling (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Bob's Legend (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, went 2nd final 100 yards and closed, always held, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Calaf (11-1) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Theredballoon 9-1 (11-10) Mid-division, not fluent 1st or 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 15, 22l behind Wintered Well (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
The Society Man (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Held up behind in touch, pushed along 8th, headway under pressure next, ridden to chase winner 4 out to next, soon no chance with front pair, 3rd of 5, 17l behind Empire Levant (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (3) gd in Mar '13.
Bold Tara 4-1 (10-12) Reluctant to race, in rear, in touch on outside 3rd, challenged 9th, every chance 3 out to before next, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 7, 40l behind Admiral Blake (10-11) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Uno Valoroso (FR) 9-1 (10-12) In rear, headway before 9th, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Corky Dancer (10-0) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May, 12 ran.
Not Another Monday (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, behind from 6th, 7th of 11, well behind Enchanted Garden (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Frosty Dawn 100-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, last of 12, 46l behind Rayadour (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.