There would be few more deserving winners than Bothy, runner-up in the Totesport Trophy and to Carlito Brigante in the Coral Cup and he looks certain to go well though in an incredibly tough contest an each-way bet is advised on RUSSIAN WAR. Gordon Elliott's charge won a minor handicap at Cheltenham in October but was well beaten behind Grands Crus on a return visit the following month and looks to have been saved for this by his astute handler. Megastar has yet to prove he stays this far but Gary Moore's charge, successful in the Champion Bumper here last year, has been facing very stiff opposition over timber and looks nicely treated for his handicap debut. Get Me Out Of Here returned to form in the County Hurdle where he was worn down by Final Approach right on the line. He's another having his first start over the trip but should be suited. Problema Tic arrived at Ascot in February unbeaten but was never travelling on the soft ground and is very much better than he showed that day and he, along with the consistent and progressive Pateese, can get involved in a wide-open event.
Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway on inside 2 out, soon chased leaders, stayed on under pressure to challenge last, soon led, ridden and kept on flat, headed post, 2nd of 26, ns behind Final Approach (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Micheal Flips (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, steady headway on inside after 3 out, effort next, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened before last, 12th of 23, 24l behind Buena Vista (10-3) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar.
First Point (GER) 20-1 (11-7) In touch, challenged 2 out, every chance last, lost 2nd towards finish, stayed on same pace close home, 3rd of 23, 2 1/2l behind Sir Des Champs (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Mar.
Ski Sunday 11-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on inside, challenged after 2 out, ridden and every chance last, no extra and faded flat, 9th of 26, 5l behind Final Approach (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Notus De La Tour (FR) 20-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, headway 2 out, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened before last, 14th of 26, 10l behind Final Approach (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Megastar 16-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, headway 2 out, ridden to chase leaders approaching last, kept on same pace under pressure, no impression flat, 5th of 12, 9l behind First Lieutenant (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Bothy 12-1 (10-7) In touch, effort to chase leading pair when hit 3 out, soon ridden, 4 lengths down in 3rd when left 2nd last, kept on, no impression with winner, 2nd of 22, 6l behind Carlito Brigante (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Nafaath (IRE) 4-5fav (10-9) Tracked leader, hit 3rd, joined leader 6 out, every chance when hit 3 out, ridden and every chance last, kept on, 2nd of 3, 3/4l behind Divers (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Feb.
Inventor (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) Mid-division, dropped towards rear and reminders 4th, no danger after, 16th of 26, 11l behind Final Approach (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Afsoun (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Led, raced keenly, headed 5th, remained prominent, pushed along after 3 out, weakened next, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Celestial Halo (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gs in Feb.
Lake Legend 7-1 (11-7) Settled in mid-division, headway 4 out, soon chasing lead, soon beaten, weakened 2 out, 6th of 11, 29l behind Bellflower Boy (10-10) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Orsippus (USA) 33-1 (10-8) Mid-divison on inside, headway 4 out, ridden and effort approaching last, 5 lengths down in 4th and one pace when left 3rd last, kept on flat, no impression, 3rd of 22, 7l behind Carlito Brigante (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Cass Bligh (IRE) 8-13fav (11-9) Raced mainly poor 3rd, attempted to close from 3 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from between last 2, 3rd of 4, 15l behind Hide The Evidence (11-2) at Wexford 2m hdl sft in Mar.
Wyse Hill Teabags 8-11fav (11-6) Tracked leader, challenged from 2 out, led last, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Quel Elite (11-0) by 10l, 15 ran.
Problema Tic (FR) 5-2 (11-8) Chased leading trio, went 3rd after 7th until 4 out, weakened and mistake next, soon beaten, tailed off, 4th of 8, 33l behind Sonofvic (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Reindeer Dippin 10-1 (11-5) Prominent, led after 2nd, headed when not fluent 2 out, weakened before next, 8th of 11, 21l behind Golden Chieftain (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Rio Gael (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led until approaching 3rd, remained prominent, mistake 3 out, every chance next, hard ridden to lead after last, soon hung right under pressure, all out, won at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar beating Cockney Trucker (11-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Russian George (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) With leader, not fluent 2nd or next, ridden approaching 5th, led before last, soon narrowly headed, stayed on under strong pressure to lead again close home, won at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (3) gf in Sep beating Saltagioo (11-3) by shd, 10 ran.
Pateese (FR) 16-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, ridden and headed soon after, one pace and no impression on leading duo last, 3rd of 24, 5l behind Alarazi (10-3) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gd in Mar.
Sire Collonges (FR) 7-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden after 4 out, stayed on before 2 out, went 3rd well before last, never any chance with leading duo, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Via Galilei (10-12) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Russian War (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Raced on inside, towards rear, some headway before 4 out, never on terms, 10th of 17, 46l behind Grands Crus (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Nov.
Sophies Trophy (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Keen hold tracking leaders, mistake 5th, led 3 out, mistake when headed next, faded, 5th of 12, 21l behind Pere Blanc (11-8) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.