Bernard races for the first time since springing a surprise at Hereford in November, while L'Apprenti Sorcier can't be relied upon to reproduce the form of his second over C&D last month off a 3lb higher mark. Queenstown Lad was beaten a distance at Hereford last time but veteran Jacarado will probably run his race again, though is undoubtedly better over fences. Captain Becket would have claims on his best form but this can go to GLEANNACREIM, who has taken a while to acclimatise to new surroundings but finished second over 2m6f at Ffos Las last week and is probably still on a decent mark.
Reefer Beefer (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Not always fluent, held up behind leading trio, not fluent and ridden 3rd, outpaced and in rear 5th, soon lost touch, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rosoff (10-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 5 ran.
Captain Becket 25-1 (10-7) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 3 out, weakened after next, 8th of 14, 35l behind Molly Round (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Flying Award (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, effort 4 out, soon under pressure and weakened, 8th of 14, 46l behind Golden Chieftain (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Bernard 11-1 (10-13) Mid-division, reminder after 6th, headway 9th, not fluent 3 out, went 2nd before last, stayed on well to lead flat, driven out (no time taken), won at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-85 (5) gs in Nov beating Elegant Olive (11-8) by nk, 12 ran.
Gleannacreim (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Towards rear, pushed along 5th, hit 6th, headway next, with winner 4 out, every chance next, ridden and beaten 2 out, 2nd of 13, 19l behind The Composer (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs.
Sheezatreasure (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent, ridden and rider dropped whip after 3rd, lost place 4th, hit next, mistake and weakened 3 out, 7th of 9, well behind Arrayan (11-13) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
L'Apprenti Sorcier (FR) 66-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, good headway approaching 8th, 3rd before 2 out, driven when left close 2nd and every chance 2 out, no extra before last, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Acosta (10-5) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Feb.
Gallimaufry 14-1 (10-7) Mid-division, ridden and lost place after 3rd, soon behind, stayed on approaching last to take 4th flat, no impression, 4th of 9, 18l behind Rawaaj (11-2) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Queenstown Lad 11-2 (10-7) Towards rear, ridden along 5th, struggling next, tailed off, 5th of 11, well behind Border Lad (9-9) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb.
Drumbeater (IRE) 40-1 (10-4) Mistake 1st, mid-division, driven along before 9th, left modest 4th 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 13, 24l behind Acosta (10-5) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Feb.
Zuleta 28-1 (9-7) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, 34l behind Lupita (9-7) at Exeter 2m 1f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Jacarado (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, closed 5th, led after 14th, headed 3 out, one pace, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 16, 13l behind One More Dinar (11-8) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-85 (5) gd in Feb.
Galandora 40-1 (10-0) In rear, weakened 7th, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Molly Round (10-7) at Taunton 3m mrs hcp hdl (5) gd in Feb, 12 ran.
Star Time (IRE) 28-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, struggling from 7th, soon lost touch, tailed off when clambered over 2 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Round The Horn (11-7) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.