With 25 runners, the best place to be in this traditional amateurs' race over the National fences will probably be out in front. The market has got it largely right in recent years so we'll concentrate on those likely to be prominent in the betting and in the race itself. Sam Waley-Cohen takes over the reins on Cottage Oak, who only weakened two out when third in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham. His tendency to jump left there is a bit of concern on this track, however, and he also had a hard race whereas several of his rivals missed The Festival to come here. Gwanako had little more than exercise canter at Sandown last time and has a touch of class. He was still going well when falling in this 12 months ago when Cloudy Lane went on to beat another big field that included Keenan's Future, Sizing America, Boxer Georg, Emergency Cover, Offshore Account, Kildonnan, Harps Counsel and 2010 winner Silver Adonis. Warne beating a decent field, including Battlefront, at Fairyhouse in February and has to go on the short-list but would have been better suited by some rain so the vote goes to BOLD ADDITION. He'll relish this surface and was impressive when beating Silverburn over a similar trip at Warwick last month. Rebel Du Maquis is also unexposed over fences and may prove the pick of the remainder.
Battlefront (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, closed up from before 3 out, on terms and every chance next, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Warne (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hts chs sft in Feb.
Bold Addition (FR) 3-10fav (12-2) Took keen hold, held up in rear, steady headway on inside 7th, switched towards outside approaching 11th, went 2nd 11th, led 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Warwick 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Mar beating Silverburn (12-2) by 8l, 6 ran.
Boxer Georg (IRE) 5-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, soon well off the pace, poor 5th 5 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 7, 27l behind Mossey Joe (11-4) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hts chs hvy in Mar.
Cloudy Lane 5-2 (12-6) Close up, weakened from 3 out, 7th of 10, 39l behind Cottage Oak (11-13) at Haydock 3m hts chs (4) hvy in Feb.
Cottage Oak (IRE) 9-1 (12-0) Always prominent, chased leader briefly 3 out, ridden and no impression before next, well beaten 3rd when left 2nd after last, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 23, 21l behind Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) sft in Mar.
Defying Gravity (IRE) 15-8 (12-9) Led to 8 & 10-13; wknd 2 out, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Valance (12-0) at Cottesmore 3m ptp gd in Mar.
Earth Dream (IRE) 66-1 (12-0) Mid-division, struggling 16th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) sft in Mar, 23 ran.
Emergency Cover (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) (cp) held up; went 2nd 15; wknd app 2 out, 3rd of 6, 16l behind It Was Me (11-0) at East Essex 3m ptp sft in Mar.
Fairwood Present (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, slow 2nd, jumped right 8th, soon weakened, 5th of 9, well behind Soulard (11-7) at Towcester 2m 3f hts chs (6) gs in Mar.
Gentle George 7-4 (11-8) Led, ridden before 5 out, headed 4 out, every chance run-in, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, shd behind Kirkleigh (11-10) at Chepstow 3m hts chs (6) hvy in Mar.
Gwanako (FR) 2-9fav (11-13) Held up in last pair, went 3rd briefly 5th, steady headway on outside approaching 8th, went 2nd 11th (water), led 4 out, came easily clear from 3 out, won at Sandown 2m 4f hts chs (5) sft in Mar beating Dead Or Alive (11-3) by 17l, 5 ran.
Harps Counsel (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and tried to assert after 4 out, reduced advantage and slight mistake next, strongly pressed 2 out and soon headed, dropped to 4th last and no extra, 6th of 10, 11l behind General Maccreevy (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs gd in Mar.
Keenan's Future (IRE) 100-1 (12-0) Chased leaders to 13th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) sft in Mar, 23 ran.
Kildonnan 20-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, challenged 2 out, led before last, kept on, driven out, won at Carlisle 3m hts chs (6) hvy in Mar beating Tartan Snow (11-13) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Mourne Paddy (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Led and attempted to make all, strongly pressed and jumped left 2 out, headed on landing after last, kept on under pressure run-in but not match winner, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Russian Regent (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f hts chs hvy in Mar.
Offshore Account (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, challenged 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Newbury 3m hts chs (6) hvy in Mar beating Vic Venturi (11-9) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Rash Move (IRE) 7-1 (11-13) Mid-division, headway 6th, led when mistake 13th, headed 2 out, no impression on winner flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Sorted (12-4) at Leicester 2m 7f hts chs (3) sft in Mar.
Rebel Du Maquis (FR) 4-6fav (11-11) Tracked winner, not fluent 4 out, dropped to 3rd 2 out, rallied to chase winner again and every chance when hit last, kept on flat, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Nicto De Beauchene (12-4) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (6) sft in Mar.
Silver Adonis (IRE) 5-1 (12-7) (cp) lft 3rd 15; stayed on wl flat; nt rch ldrs, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Duc De Regniere (12-7) at South Herefordshire 3m ptp gs in Mar.
Silverburn (IRE) 9-2 (12-2) Chased leader, led 6th, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Bold Addition (12-2) at Warwick 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Mar.
Silver Story 8-1 (11-13) In touch in mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway after 11th, every chance 3 out, weakened last, 3rd of 11, 29l behind Chapoturgeon (11-9) at Newbury 2m 6f hts chs (6) sft in Jan.
Sizing America (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Ap; rdn & one-pcd 3 out, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Gone To Lunch (12-0) at New Forest 3m ptp sft in Mar.
Tartan Snow 11-10fav (11-13) Tracked leaders in 4th, mistake 12th, left in lead 4 out, headed before last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Kildonnan (11-9) at Carlisle 3m hts chs (6) hvy in Mar.
Warne (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Soon prominent, closer in 2nd into straight, on terms going best from 2 out, soon led, stayed on well to draw clear run-in, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hts chs sft in Feb beating Tammys Hill (11-9) by 6l, 11 ran.
Cool Friend (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, headway 7th, went 3rd after 13th, shaken up after 2 out, no impression and one pace when not fluent last, 3rd of 8, 17l behind The General Lee (11-9) at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) gs in Feb.