Quite By Chance is only a pound higher than when second at Fontwell last month and his amateur rider claims 7lb. August Hill only found one too good at Wincanton on Boxing Day while Noble Friend went close in a jumper's bumper last month. But it's difficult to look beyond WATT BRODERICK after he won on the bridle at Stratford on Saturday. That was a conditionals' race so escape a penalty and can put his turn of foot to good use again here. Flat winner King's Warrior should be worth following now that the ground is drying out and makes his handicap debut today.
Quite By Chance 6-1 (11-12) Held up, headway to track leaders 3rd, 4th from 5th, went 2nd before 2 out, 6 lengths down last, closed on tiring/idling winner near finish, always held, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Clonusker (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Silvergrove 10-1 (11-3) Raced wide chasing leaders, weakened 3 out, 6th of 10, 45l behind Fayette County (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Mid-division, headway before 2 out, went 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Tzora (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Noble Friend (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led early, tracked leading pair, ridden and went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind One Lucky Lady (10-2) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
King's Warrior (FR) 9-4 (11-1) Behind, blundered 4th, headway approaching 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened before last, 4th of 11, 14l behind Attwaal (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) sft.
August Hill (IRE) 7-2 (10-10) Held up in touch, headway 3 out, effort next, challenged last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Bobble Boru (10-10) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Superciliary 14-1 (11-5) Held up on outside, not fluent 2nd, closed before 4th, lost place and ridden next, well beaten 7th, 8th of 10, well behind Here's Herbie (10-13) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Watt Broderick (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Held up well in rear, headway approaching 3 out, led going well before last, very easily, won at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Polo Springs (9-11) by 5l, 12 ran.
Frozen Over 20-1 (11-6) Held up in mid-division, headway 5th, lost place after 3 out, 10th of 12, 44l behind Dungeness (10-13) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.