Blazing sunshine and good ground once again, but competitive fields and some tricky betting races.
Denmead looked big and well on his return to action after a wind op and he dotted up in the opening novices hurdle, the difficult looking Constancio easily brushed aside and caught for second...he's one to continue taking on.
Topofthecotswolds got second but is still quite a light framed animal and should do much better in time, while this 2m is clearly not far enough. I did take to Lady Marwah who looked strong and fit but was again disappointing with her finishing effort, and ought to be doing better.
Wapping has joined a small yard and doesn't appear to have the physical scope for this sphere, the market calling this one.
Plan Of Action is a big scopey chasing type and will do better in that arena given time.
A forgettable 0-105 handicap chase was taken by Las Tunas, winning off a pretty high mark, he looked in grand shape in his coat and was given a positive ride.
Oliver's Gold seems to be coming back to himself, he likes this ground and time of year and is dangerously handicapped, surely they'll be able to find the right race. Perfect Leader looked really well but he's no great shakes.
Paddling isn't one to be making excuses for, he looked perfectly well and is very low in the weights, but didn't really pick up.
A tricky handicap hurdle fell to Suggestion, who continued the remarkable form of trainer P Kirby who had a very quite February when this horse ran no race at Doncaster.
He came home strongest after the unexposed Fransham cruised through to lead two out, the Sly youngster massively overpriced being related to winners and he will pay his way also.
Falcon Sun looked well but his form didn't appear that strong and he didn't put up much resistance, while much of the interest was lost when Grey Diamond came down at halfway...he doesn't look an easy conveyance.
Viking Hoard looked all wrong in his coat, although Benny In Milan looked well and was backed but didn't show much.
The handicap chase was a weak affair bar the hugely progressive Flowery, provided he could be kept on the straight and narrow, his waywardness contributing to punters' wariness pre-race.
However, that drift looked the wrong move as he went sweetly throughout as on his chasing debut at Sedgefield, and he looks a different horse now even with a slight tendency to go left still.
Noted as being miles ahead of his mark when getting up at Catterick earlier in the campaign, hopefully readers have enjoyed his subsequent success.
There was very little to put up against him, Crest now down to an interesting mark and he may have gone very close with a more positive sit. Henry's Joy sweated up and didn't find much as is usually the case, while Absolutely Dylan hasn't looked the same since a win in the Haydock mud before Christmas.
A Class 3 handicap hurdle followed with plot horse Thosedaysaregone a well backed favourite, but he was noted in these pages as looking over the top at Carlisle last month and again ran up light here.
Quite how he beat Mall Dini over fences in between times shall remain a mystery, and while clearly having ability he's more one for next season and some softer ground.
Golden Jeffrey looked burly after a break but the rest looked well, particularly Dubai Angel who could do with some soft ground but is starting to look very disappointing. Theatrebar is a credit to connections and he looked well before a deserved win, Simply A Legend having few excuses.
A good bumper came up next, some nice types on show and the two I liked most to the fore, Old Jeroboam getting up close home after being weak in the market, pipping Biblical a nice leggy sort who looked to have it won a furlong out.
Dog Of War is a big unfurnished animal that will be better over obstacles in time, while Orbustock should be okay when growing up mentally and although Wild Gypsy Boy looked forward enough, he moved very poorly and probably isn't one to get excited about.