The Topham Chase will be run on the national course and the finish will hopefully be contested by ALWAYS WAINING, Offshore Account and Private Be, with the first named getting the vote. Peter Bowen's charge finished fourth in last years event and now runs from a 12 pound better mark. He had a great chance of winning last year's race but for blundering two out but in the main, remains a solid jumper. His previous course experience should stand him in good stead and can go close at a very big price. The Irish raider, Offshore Account, should also be noted. He ran very well for along way in last years national, only to find the extreme trip a step too far. With previous experience and today's trip more suitable, he has a big chance. Private Be has been ultra consistent all year and like the above two, has vital course experience. He was fourth in this race last year and can run another big race but it must be noted that he is worse off in the weights with the selection. Others to consider for this tricky affair include Pak Jack, Qhilmer and Battlecry but Always Waining is the selection.
Scotsirish (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) In rear, hit 1st and 9th, progress into 5th after 3 out, no impression, 6th of 13, 21l behind Albertas Run (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f chs G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Panjo Bere (FR) 11-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, reminders after 11th, pushed along and steady headway in 6th before 12th stayed on to dispute modest 3rd 2 out, no chance with leading duo, weakened after last, 4th of 9, 11l behind Big Fella Thanks (11-1) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
In Compliance (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division, chased leaders 12th, outpaced when hit 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 6th of 24, 17l behind Great Endeavour (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Pasco (SWI) 5-2fav (11-0) Chased leaders, tracked leader 8th, led 15th, joined 4 out, narrowly headed next, stayed challenging under pressure, held last, closed as winner idled flat, always held, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Big Fella Thanks (11-1) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Dooneys Gate (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Mid-division, closer in 7th after 4 out, hampered next, soon ridden to chase winner, kept on without getting there in 2nd from last, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Dancing Hero (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m Ext hcp ch sft in Mar.
Duers (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Mid-division, kept on same pace from before straight, 18th of 25, 29l behind Bobs Display (10-7) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Dec.
Private Be 20-1 (10-6) Chased leaders to 13th, behind from 3 out, 12th of 24, 48l behind Great Endeavour (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Offshore Account (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Always prominent, challenged 3 out, ridden last, one pace flat, 4th of 24, 6l behind Chief Dan George (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Prudent Honour (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Mid-division, hampered 4 out, headway next, chased leading pair approaching last, soon ridden, held on for 3rd near finish, 3rd of 18, 4 1/2l behind Poker De Sivola (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gd in Mar.
Silver Birch (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) With leader, mistake 18th, lost place 25th, weakened 3 out, 15th of 16, well behind A New Story (9-7) at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.
Magic Sky (FR) 11-10fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, went 2nd after 3 out, no chance with winner, weakened next, 2nd of 4, 28l behind Mister Quasimodo (11-2) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb.
Battlecry 6-1 (10-3) Chased leaders until lost place 10th, weakened and behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Big Fella Thanks (11-1) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar, 9 ran.
Plaisir D'Estruval (FR) 3-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway in 8th 3 out, 4th 2 out, ridden into 2nd before last, kept on to challenge run-in and led last 50 yards, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 in Mar beating Farringdon (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 18 ran.
Frankie Figg (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) In touch, chased leader 11th to 3 out, soon one pace, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Sa Suffit (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Feb.
Diablo (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and hard pressed 2 out, headed when blundered last, soon lost 2nd, no extra flat, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Burton Port (11-7) at Ascot 3m nov chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Feb.
Isn't That Lucky 14-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, hit 2nd, steady headway from 12th, went 3rd after 4 out, 10 lengths down when fell 2 out, in a race won by BallaBriggs (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Am hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Mar, 24 ran.
Always Waining (IRE) 28-1 (10-11) Mid-division on inside, stuggling after 7th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Bella Haze (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Mar, 12 ran.
Oodachee 50-1 (11-5) Pressed leader until 11th, losing place when hit 16th, soon weakened, 10th of 24, 48l behind BallaBriggs (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Am hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Mar.
Zacharova (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) In rear, not fluent 2nd, lost interest before 5th, soon well behind, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Pret A Thou (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Wee Robbie 7-2 (11-4) Badly hampered 1st, in touch, challenged after 13th, not fluent 4 out, led next, headed 2 out, stayed on, no impression flat, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Carlitos (11-4) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Qhilimar (FR) 11-2 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway 12th, hit 4 out, disputing 3rd and beaten when hit last, 4th of 14, 8l behind Burren Legend (10-0) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (2) sft in Mar.
Pak Jack (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Held up behind, reminder 11th, short lived effort on outside 5 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, well behind Chief Dan George (11-3) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Feb.
Gaora Lane (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Close up, chased leader 4th, weakened 12th, 5th of 12, 49l behind Scots Dragoon (11-12) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Commemoration Day (IRE) 50-1 (11-10) Towards rear, reminders 6th, never dangerous, 11th of 12, well behind Busy Isit (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Pomme Tiepy (FR) 20-1 (9-11) Held up in touch, not fluent 10th, hit 13th, weakened next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Silver By Nature (10-11) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Boomshakalaka (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Tracked winner, mistake 7th, soon lost place, behind from 12th, weakened 3 out, last of 12, well behind Busy Isit (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Oulart (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led early, headed 2nd, 5th halfway, weakened 5 out, 7th of 10, well behind Glencove Marina (11-2) at Navan 2m 4f chs Grade 3 hvy in Mar.
Silver Adonis (IRE) 8-1 (12-1) Chased leaders, steadied off pace when pecked 4th, went modest 3rd 12th, left 2nd 4 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 33l behind Cedrus Libani (12-0) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (5) gs in Mar.
Garleton (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 3 out, kept on to lead last, headed flat, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Treehouse (9-12) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.