Chestnut Ben has been placed in his last three starts but Gary Brown's charge is still 5lb higher than when last successful more than a year ago. Roc De Guye doesn't look badly treated, however, though has never won in the spring while the likes of Cruise In Style, Maizy Missile and The Grey One have been off the track for a while. FULL OV BEANS has been taking on slightly better opposition of late and is fancied to come good again here. Nico de Boinville has been on board for both victories to date, including one over course and distance in October, and his 5lb claim is a plus again today.
Cruise In Style (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Held up in touch in rear, not fluent 6th or 9th, 4th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Violin Davis (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Jan, 5 ran.
Benefit Game (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, never on terms, poor 6th when pulled up before last, in a race won by Fitandproperjob (10-10) at Folkestone 2m 1f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Chestnut Ben (IRE) 10-3 (11-6) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders 7th, went 3rd before next, no impression after 3 out, went modest 2nd and mistake last, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Callhimwhatyouwant (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Full Ov Beans 9-1 (11-5) In rear, effort before 3 out, weakened before next, last of 5, 23l behind Henok (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Esteem 20-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway approaching 6th, one pace 2 out, 7th of 15, 18l behind Castlemorris King (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Celtic Intrigue (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair when blundered and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Ciceron (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Maizy Missile (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 6th, jumped right 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Quinder Spring (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Mount Welcome (IRE) 18-1 (10-8) Took keen hold in rear, some headway before 3 out, weakened going to next, 10th of 11, 26l behind Chilbury Hill (10-1) at Towcester 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
The Grey One (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Held up, took keen hold, headway after 9th, weakened 4 out, 9th of 11, 37l behind Topthorn (10-10) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Tom O'Tara 50-1 (10-11) Held up, went 4th 8th, no impression, weakened 3 out, 4th of 7, 32l behind Granville Island (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m nov chs (4) gd.
Roc De Guye (FR) 3-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, chased winner 4 out, weakened last, 4th of 6, 24l behind Topaze Collonges (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.
Autumn Haze 22-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway after 7th, lost place when not fluent next, well beaten before 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Loughalder (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs, 13 ran.
Grand Fella (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, ridden after 7th, weakened approaching 4 out, 4th of 5, well behind Royale's Charter (11-0) at Worcester 2m nov chs (4) gd in Aug.