Gwanako looks as though he's been freshened up by a spell hunting and won twice over 2m5f at Sandown in Febuary. He has the class to figure but his jumping has always been a little suspect and he unseated his jockey at the Chair when tried over the National fences in 2008. The hunter chase won by Chapoturgeon at Newbury in January has turned out to be a reliable form guide. Cloudy Lane was second that day and went on to score at Ayr before finishing sixth in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham. Boxer Georg, the free-going Herons Well and Keenan's Future were all behind that day, while Blackstaff, Eleazar and Roulez Cool failed to finish. Anything trained by Donald McCain has to be feared when jumping the National fences but the interesting one here may be THE POLOMOCHE. He was giving 8lb to Cloudy Lane when fifth in that aforementioned Newbury race and may have more pace than his old rivals nowadays. Offshore Account was a lucky winner at Newbury last month and, like fellow veterans My Way De Solzen and Unowatimeen, may find this too tough but Island Life is in good heart, though the ground has probably turned against him. Silver Adonis and Sizing America both have good amateurs on board and may be the pick of the remainder.
Blackstaff (IRE) 100-1 (12-0) Slowly away, always behind, blundered 18th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) gd in Mar, 22 ran.
Bow School (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Led, headed before and hit 4th, tracked leader, led 5 out, ridden last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Dancing Art (10-6) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Boxer Georg (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 10th of 22, 34l behind Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) gd in Mar.
Cloudy Lane 9-2 (12-0) Towards rear, headway 18th, chased leaders 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 6th of 22, 16l behind Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) gd in Mar.
Eleazar (GER) 66-1 (12-0) Led to 3rd, remained in touch, lost place when blundered and unseated rider 16th, in a race won by Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) gd in Mar, 22 ran.
Emergency Cover (IRE) 4-5 (11-0) Ap; led 2 out; drvn out, won at Ampton 3m ptp gf in Mar beating King Du Berlais (11-0) by hd, 5 ran.
Fresh Air And Fun (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, hit 5th, went 2nd 9th, led next, mistake 4 out, drawing clear when jumped left 3 out, easily, won at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (6) gd in Feb beating Bermuda Boy (11-7) by 9l, 9 ran.
Gwanako (FR) 1-5fav (11-7) Tracked leading pair, went close 2nd 4th, led 6th, clear 8th until before 3 out, hit 3 out and came readily clear again soon after, won at Sandown 2m 4f hts chs (4) gd in Mar beating I Have Dreamed (11-11) by 2 3/4l, 3 ran.
Harps Counsel (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Attemped to make all, mistake and ridden 2 out, headed after last, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Supreme Doc (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs gd in Mar.
Herons Well (IRE) 66-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, outpaced 18th, soon behind, 11th of 22, 34l behind Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) gd in Mar.
Island Life (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Led until 2nd, led after 5th, clear approaching 2 out, kept up to work, ridden out, won at Hereford 2m 3f hts chs (6) gd in Mar beating Sunday City (11-13) by 19l, 14 ran.
Keenan's Future (IRE) 100-1 (12-0) Mid-division, headway 18th, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 12th of 22, 40l behind Salsify (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hts chs (2) gd in Mar.
Kildonnan 6-1 (11-9) In rear, struggling from 6 out, plugged on from 4 out, went 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 8, 27l behind Special Portrait (12-1) at Carlisle 3m hts chs (6) sft in Mar.
King Of The Road 20-1 (12-0) Wl bhnd 13, 4th of 7, 23l behind Findlay's Find (12-0) at Maisemore Park 3m ptp gd.
Launde (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Prominent, led 7th, hard driven approaching 2 out, headed last, faded, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Gainsborough's Art (9-7) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
My Way de Solzen (FR) 4-9 (12-7) Led to 7; led 13; drew clr app 2 out, won at Garthorpe 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Darby's Turn (12-7) by 6l, 10 ran.
Offshore Account (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, headway after 8th, went 2nd 2 out, about 2 lengths off leader when left clear last, ridden out, won at Newbury 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar beating Coombe Hill (11-13) by 14l, 8 ran.
Presentandcorrect (IRE) 6-4fav (12-3) Soon prominent, led 12th, ridden and joined last, held on well, won at Exeter 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar beating For The Staff (11-5) by hd, 6 ran.
Roulez Cool 2-1fav (12-6) Held up in touch on outside, went 2nd after 2nd, led 5th until 9th, led next, joined when mistake 3 out and headed, no impression from next, 4th of 8, 20l behind Offshore Account (11-6) at Newbury 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar.
Sheriff Hutton (IRE) 11-4fav (12-6) Prominent early, tracked leaders, hit 9th and 10th, 3rd and outpaced 3 out, no impression, one pace, 3rd of 14, 24l behind Island Life (11-11) at Hereford 2m 3f hts chs (6) gd in Mar.
Silver Adonis (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leader until 11th, led 4 out, clear 2 out, comfortable, won at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar beating Five Out Of Five (11-7) by 16l, 5 ran.
Sizing America (IRE) 7-4fav (11-3) Took keen hold, chased winner throughout, pushed along and upsides when hit 3 out, every chance when mistake next, no extra soon after, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Ringa Bay (11-8) at Southwell 3m hts chs (6) gs in Mar.
Teddy's Reflection (IRE) 9-4 (11-11) Chased leading pair, pushed along before 13th, outpaced and no chance with leading duo approaching 3 out, 3rd of 6, 22l behind Ringa Bay (11-8) at Southwell 3m hts chs (6) gs in Mar.
The Polomoche (IRE) 7-4fav (11-13) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 3rd, mistake 13th, went 2nd after 3 out, led last, stayed on well, won at Huntingdon 3m hts chs (6) gs in Feb beating Gidam Gidam (11-13) by 9l, 8 ran.
Unowatimeen (IRE) 22-1 (11-5) In rear, headway before 11th, led 3 out, driven out, finished tired, won at Haydock 3m hts chs (3) hvy in Feb beating Turko (11-11) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
William Butler (IRE) 5-2 (12-2) Took keen hold, held up last, went 3rd before 10th, went 2nd next, hit 12th, left in lead 4 out, blundered next, headed and weakened quickly before 2 out, blundered last, 3rd of 4, 49l behind Officier De Reserve (11-5) at Towcester 2m 6f hts chs (6) gs in Mar.