Everaard has a penalty and a step up in class to contend with having scored at Carlisle last time. In contrast, GREEN FLAG is dropping down a grade after finding the competition too hot behind Shutthefrontdoor last month. He had landed a double before that, including a 10-length defeat of a subsequent winner over these hurdles, so Lucinda Russell's charge gets the nod. Course and distance winner Malin Bay should get involved back on better ground today and Trucking Along has claims if fully recovered from a tumble at Wetherby in December. Seven Is Lucky is upped in class on the back of a course win but, along with Lord Redsgirth, Sun Cloud and Talkin Sence is another to consider.
Green Flag (IRE) 3-1fav (10-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway before 3 out, every chance 2 out, weakened after last, lost 4th pace flat, 5th of 6, 21l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-0) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Led, headed 4th, soon reminder, lost place and in rear 9th, tailed off, pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Markadam (11-3) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Howizee 15-2 (11-1) In touch, chased leader after 4 out to next, weakened 2 out, 8th of 10, 31l behind Monetary Fund (10-13) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.
Malin Bay (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened from 5 out, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Royal Riviera (10-2) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Jun, 10 ran.
Trucking Along (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, weakened 4 out, tailed off, fell, in a race won by Mwaleshi (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec, 10 ran.
Beeves (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Prominent, pushed along 6th, lost place 8th, weakened soon after, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Master Of The Sea (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Lord Redsgirth (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Mid-division, mistake 4th, outpaced 13th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 10, 50l behind Lively Baron (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Talkin Sence (IRE) 5-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 3rd before 3 out, challenged 2 out, no extra flat, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Swatow Typhoon (11-4) at Ayr 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Sun Cloud (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway before 9th, ridden to chase winner before last, one pace and no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Everdon Brook (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 20-1 (10-1) In rear, headway on outer before 3 out, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 11, 10l behind Hada Men (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Fiddlers Reel 11-1 (11-0) Mid-division, took keen hold, not much room and lost place after 7th, headway after 3 out, challenged last, led flat, stayed on well, won at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in May '11 beating Rival D'estruval (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.
Seven Is Lucky (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) With leader, every chance 3 out, ridden before last, kept on to lead run-in, won at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb beating Spirit Of A Nation (10-11) by 1l, 6 ran.
Everaard (USA) 15-2 (11-9) Made all, driven when challenged before 2 out, stayed on well, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb beating Iconic Rose (11-2) by 13l, 11 ran.
Nodda High Kid 5-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and blundered 2 out, one pace after, 4th of 7, 13l behind Abbey Storm (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.