Three times a winner over hurdles, BALLYBRIGGAN stands out in this. He would have finished closer than third if not for racing so keenly at Carlisle on only his second start over fences and can open his account over the larger obstacles now. Alta Rock should figure on his chasing bow, though the selection was rated higher over hurdles, while Twentypoundluck ran well for a long way on his first start over fences at Musselburgh. Irish import Carrigdhoun has a second at Limerick to his credit and is preferred to chasing debutant Castlelawn of the others.
Alta Rock (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway after 5th, ridden after 3 out, led last, caught close home, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Vinetta (10-6) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Ballybriggan (IRE) 15-8 (11-0) Tracked winner until 2nd, ridden and one pace from last, 3rd of 4, 12l behind Kealigolane (11-0) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) hvy in Feb.
Carrigdhoun (IRE) 40-1 (10-6) Held up, headway 4th, weakened 4 out, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Yesyoucan (11-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb, 8 ran.
Castlelawn (IRE) 3-1fav (11-10) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, headway to chase leading pair 3 out, no impression before next, 3rd of 8, 28l behind Anna's Arch (11-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Jack Albert (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inner before 6th, pushed along before 4 out, plugged on from 2 out, no impression, 6th of 12, 20l behind Grey Area (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb.
Twentypoundluck (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Led to 5th, led again 7th, hit 10th, headed 4 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Viva Colonia (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Jan.
Quintara (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden early straight and no impression in 7th 2 out, no extra, 8th of 10, 20l behind Court Jester (10-4) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.