DANCING DAFFODIL continues on an upward curve and had a bit more in the locker when following up her wide-margin victory at Ludlow over a shorter trip at Towcester. She's gone up 12lb since but neither the trip nor the ground will be a problem and Robin Dickin's in-form mare is much preferred to Monty's Revenge, who only had a couple of rivals to beat over fences at Towcester on Boxing Day. Hobb's Dream has plenty of stamina and should be pressing for a place again but Whitcombe Spirit was readily brushed aside at Fontwell earlier this month. Bobbie Magern blotted his copybook at Towcester but C&D winner Acosta should strip fitter for a run at the same course and isn't without a chance.
Sovereign Spirit (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) In touch, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Dancing Daffodil 4-7fav (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, led after last, kept on well towards finish, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Prince Pippin (11-8) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Hobb's Dream (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along before 12th, reminders before 14th, weakened from 3 out, 3rd of 4, 41l behind Billybo (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Soutine (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders until weakened after 3 out, 7th of 12, 29l behind Pendra (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Monty's Revenge (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Made all, ridden after 3 out, stayed on, won at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy beating Kilcascan (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 3 ran.
Bobbie Magern 5-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, hit 6th, headway after next, 4th when not fluent 3 out, mistake and weakened next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Earcomesthedream (11-4) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft, 13 ran.
Master Wells (IRE) 40-1 (11-3) Chased leaders until lost place before 6th, soon behind, 10th of 11, 37l behind Home Run (10-10) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) sft.
Hero's Call 33-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway from 6th, weakened after 2 out, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Master Of The Sea (11-7) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Bernard 16-1 (9-13) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 6th, pushed along approaching 2 out, every chance between last 2, no extra in 3rd before last, 3rd of 12, 14l behind Seymour Eric (10-11) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Brukirk Lass 50-1 (10-12) Took keen hold towards rear, mistake 5th, ridden before blundered 8th, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Ballinahow Star (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Jupiter Rex (FR) 9-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, chased leaders 5th, ridden and weakened after last, 5th of 12, 27l behind Dancing Daffodil (10-3) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Acosta 12-1 (10-7) Chased leader, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 10, well behind Bravo Riquet (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Indian Citizen (IRE) 150-1 (10-5) Not fluent, led until 2nd, tracked leader until before 6th, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, 46l behind Dancingtilmidnight (11-2) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Whitcombe Spirit 25-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, blundered 6th, stayed on from 2 out, went 2nd final 100 yards, never any chance with easy winner, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Aureate (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Gouranga 25-1 (10-0) Behind, struggling 4th, plugged on from 3 out, never near leaders, 4th of 10, well behind Bravo Riquet (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
The Omen 5-1 (10-4) Soon held up towards rear, never on terms, 5th of 10, 23l behind Aureate (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.