Several course specialists face the starter here but none of the five previous course and distance winners arrive in form. On the going, Jolly Boys Outing may come out best but others are preferred. Roi De Garde has found life tough since scoring at Wetherby in November and needs to drop a few pounds but Time Do is starting to look well handicapped and could figure. ONE MORE DINAR has staged something of a revival at Ludlow since the turn of the year, winning in January before coming up against the prolific Jupiter Rex on his latest start. This is a much stiffer track but he seems in good heart and should give another good account.
Atherstone Hill (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Raced wide, in touch, dropped towards rear and reminder 6th, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Shaking Hands (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Jolly Boys Outing (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, mistake 8th, hit next, behind 15th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Alderluck (11-5) at Bangor 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb, 15 ran.
Time Do (FR) 40-1 (10-10) Mid-division, driven 11th, chased leaders under pressure after 5 out, 6th and beaten when mistake next, 5th of 17, 32l behind Addiction (11-1) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
One More Dinar 13-2 (11-0) Held up in rear on outside, mistakes 7th and 11th, headway approaching 4 out, went 3rd flat, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Jupiter Rex (10-13) at Ludlow 3m cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Roi De Garde (FR) 11-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, weakened from 5 out, 7th of 13, 26l behind Blazing Bull (10-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
D'Gigi 4-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, not fluent 9th, weakened from 4 out, 6th of 8, well behind Blazing Bull (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Notabotheronme (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Prominent, lost place after 14th, weakened before next, 5th of 11, 31l behind The Last Bridge (10-1) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Hazy Dawn 13-2 (11-1) Chased leaders until lost place 8th, went right next, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Royal Chatelier (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft, 8 ran.
Ontheslate (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Chased leading pair, went 2nd at 6th, led next, not fluent and headed after 11th, chased leader until 14th, weakened 4 out, behind and stumbled next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Spot The Ball (11-12) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Dec, 5 ran.
Overton Lad 20-1 (11-3) With leader, pushed along before 7th, soon in rear and tailed off, last of 4, well behind Billybo (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Moscow Mule 18-1 (9-7) Took keen hold in rear, slow 7th, soon detatched, pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Dimpsy Time (10-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd, 7 ran.
Von Galen (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Led until 5th, led 7th, headed when mistake 13th, ridden after 15th, well beaten before 5 out, 5th of 8, 43l behind Hobb's Dream (10-9) at Chepstow 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.