This probably won't take much winning so Rossbrin has every chance of following up last month's Huntingdon win off a 6lb higher mark. Royal Chatelier would probably have been placed had he not fallen at Hereford last time but Mater Mater has run poorly either side of her second in a moderate contest at Fakenham and Baggsy only won a seller at Towcester in the autumn. A Bid Too Far will probably need this so we'll take a chance on top weight TAKAMARU, who has shown ability in better company and wasn't given a terribly inspired ride at Taunton last time. The blinkers are persevered with and Tom Scudamore is likely to have the gelding a lot nearer the pace today.
Takamaru (FR) 16-1 (10-10) Always in rear, never a factor, 11th of 14, 34l behind Calico Rose (10-11) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Feb.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 2-1fav (11-2) Chased leader until 5th, staying on in 4th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Border Lad (9-9) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb, 11 ran.
Well Refreshed 40-1 (11-2) With winner, mistake 4 out, lost place after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Upthemsteps (11-8) at Warwick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Feb.
Oscar The Myth (IRE) 200-1 (11-2) Towards rear, plugged on one pace from 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 13, 23l behind Dark Lover (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
A Bid Too Far (IRE) 200-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, mistake 5th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Vino Griego (11-1) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan '10.
Rossbrin (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Led to 1st, remained in touch on outside, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure approaching last, rallied to lead near finish, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Feb beating Just The Job (11-5) by nk, 12 ran.
Mater Mater 40-1 (9-9) Led and clear to 4th, headed after 6th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Naughty Naughty (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Baggsy (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In rear, lost touch 3rd, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Ultravox (10-5) at Towcester 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) sft in Jan, 8 ran.
Direct Approach (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, weakened from 6th, tailed off from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tiptoeaway (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 6 ran.
Westwire Toby (IRE) 200-1 (11-3) Mid-division on inside, lost place 5th, soon behind, tailed off, 10th of 15, well behind Spirit of Adjisa (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Young Firth 200-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along and lost place before 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jammia (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 11 ran.