CAPTAIN KELLY had every chance when beaten at odds-on in an amateurs' race at Taunton last week but still looks the one most likely to lose his maiden tag over hurdles in this. Double Chocolate has won four times over fences but appears an out-and-out stayer who may find this too sharp on the ground and hasn't raced since November. Monte Kaolino hinted at ability in bumpers but finished tailed off on his hurdling debut at Kempton, though should do better now given a stiffer test of stamina.
Captain Kelly (IRE) 4-6fav (11-2) Held up in touch, tracked leaders before 7th, went 2nd before 9th, led 2 out, headed narrowly before last, led again last, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind I'm The Article (10-11) at Taunton 3m Amateur Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) (5) gf.
Dancing Royal Tobougg gelding out of Just Kate.
Double Chocolate 11-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 3rd at 14th, went 2nd before 4 out, one pace in 5th fromo last, 5th of 9, 8l behind Incentivise (10-0) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Follow The Master 250-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden and struggling before 6th, tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind Big Society (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Monte Kaolino (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, reminders and struggling after 5th, tailed off, 15th of 18, well behind Benefit Cut (10-9) at Kempton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Tinelyra (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Led until headed and weakened rapidly 4 out, tailed off, 15th of 18, well behind Berkeley Barron (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.