Tidal Bay's inclusion in this has made the task of the majority of this field that much harder as only 10 of the top weight's rivals will be racing off their allotted mark, though plenty of winners have come from out of the handicap in the past. Paul Nicholls' veteran stayer was hampered and unseated his rider at the Canal Turn in last week's Grand National but at least had a spin, which is more than you can say about the recalcitrant Battle Group. RSA Chase fifth Sam Winner also represents Ditcheat while fellow novice Green Flag ran well for fourth in a Grade 3 handicap at The Festival. TRUSTAN TIMES is still unexposed over fences and ran a cracker in the Pertemps Final over hurdles at Cheltenham when just a neck behind Grand National hero Pineau de Re, to whom he was conceding 4lb. As long as his inexperience doesn't let him down, Tim Easterby's charge is a very interesting contender in this as he's potentially well treated on his form over the smaller obstacles. Lackamon can reverse recent form over hurdles at Kelso with Lie Forrit and has each-way claims while Rigadin De Beauchene, Yes Tom and Roalco De Farges arrive off the back of recent wins but last year's winner Godsmejudge has been well below par this season and Edmund Kean disappointed last time. Mendip Express bypassed Cheltenham and Aintree to run here but could find things happening too quickly around him. Alpha Victor was second in the Midlands National last month but that may have taken its toll.
Tidal Bay (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Hampered 1st, mid-division, hampered and unseated rider 8th (canal turn), in a race won by Pineau De Re (10-6) at Aintree 4m 3f (1) gs, 40 ran.
Sam Winner (FR) 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, headway 15th, disputed lead after 4 out to next, soon one pace, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 15, 9l behind O'Faolains Boy (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Mendip Express (IRE) 11-10fav (11-5) Tracked leading pair, jumped slowly 6th (water) and next, mistake 4 out, pushed along and no impression bypassing omitted 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 4, 33l behind Smad Place (11-5) at Newbury 3m nov chs (3) hvy in Feb.
Rigadin De Beauchene (FR) 16-1 (10-5) In touch, led 14th, headed 4 out, regained lead 3 out, clear before last, eased last 75 yards, won at Haydock 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb beating Emperor's Choice (10-8) by 10l, 14 ran.
Battle Group 40-1 (10-10) Refused to race, in a race won by Pineau De Re (10-6) at Aintree 4m 3f (1) gs, 40 ran.
Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) In touch, outpaced 3 out, soon beaten, 14th of 23, 30l behind Holywell (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Godsmejudge (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 9th (water), ridden and lost place after 12th, weakened next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Night In Milan (10-12) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Green Flag (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division, lost place and behind 10th, headway on outside after 3 out, ridden and stayed on to take 4th flat, never reached leaders, 4th of 23, 12l behind Holywell (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Roberto Goldback (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up, headway 9th, tracking leaders when mistake 16th, soon lost place, stayed on from 2 out, went 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 23, 19l behind Spring Heeled (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f (2) gd in Mar.
Midnight Appeal 14-1 (10-13) Held up in mid-division, mistake 4th, headway approaching 9th, went 3rd after 11th, went 2nd 14th, led 3 out, strongly pressed when headed approaching last, disputing 2nd flat until final 100 yards, no extra in 4th close home, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Bally Legend (10-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Feb.
Yes Tom (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, 4th from 7 out, improved to challenge 3 out, soon led travelling well, asserted before 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Down Royal 3m 2f chs in Mar beating Make A Track (10-9) by 7l, 5 ran.
McMurrough (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on outer, reminders and outpaced before 7th, stayed on well from last, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Tranquil Sea (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Feb.
Lackamon 3-1fav (10-9) Mid-division, in touch 8th, went 2nd before 3 out, effort next, 2 lengths down when not fluent last, kept on flat, held when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Lie Forrit (11-12) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl (2) gd in Mar.
Merry King (IRE) 9-2fav (11-2) Towards rear, pushed along before 13th, soon behind, pulled up before 16th, in a race won by Rigadin De Beauchene (10-5) at Haydock 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Alpha Victor (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Mid-division, tracked leaders 5 out, challenged after next, ridden and every chance after 2 out, kept on, held in clear 2nd flat, 2nd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Goulanes (10-3) at Uttoxeter 4m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Mar.
Al Co (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 22l behind Mister Dillon (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Dec.
Pure Faith (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Mid-division, closed 6th, outpaced 10th, well beaten 4 out, 10th of 11, 35l behind Conquisto (11-0) at Aintree 2m 4f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Edmund Kean (IRE) 10-11fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 4, 33l behind Pinerolo (11-4) at Newcastle 3m nov chs (2) hvy in Feb.
Nuts N Bolts 14-1 (11-1) Behind, ridden 4 out, plugged on from next, 4th of 14, 42l behind Rigadin De Beauchene (10-5) at Haydock 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Lie Forrit (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Made virtually all, driven 2 lengths clear before last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl (2) gd in Mar beating Neptune Equester (10-4) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Roalco De Farges (FR) 7-2fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 12th, chased leaders 4 out, led 4 out, came clear from 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Mar beating No Secrets (11-3) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Fill The Power (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced after 5 out, weakened next, 7th of 16, 42l behind Goulanes (10-3) at Uttoxeter 4m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Mar.
Mister Marker (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Close up, pushed along before and mistake 4 out, chased winner last, no impression, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Jimmy The Hat (10-2) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Mar.
Trustan Times (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) In touch, driven 2 out, ridden and every chance approaching last, kept on flat, 4th and held towards finish, 4th of 23, 3/4l behind Fingal Bay (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar.
Summery Justice (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Soon towards rear, struggling, 12th, ridden and plugged on to take remote 4th last, no chance with leaders, 4th of 16, 30l behind Goulanes (10-3) at Uttoxeter 4m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Mar.
Baile Anrai (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led, ridden 2 out, headed narrowly flat, rallied to lead near finish, won at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar beating Wiesentraum (11-7) by hd, 6 ran.
Sole Witness (IRE) 7-2fav (11-5) Chased leader, led 4th, challenged when jumped right and collided with rival 5 out, ridden and headed before 3 out, soon no extra, 7th of 11, 44l behind Cherryantor (9-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs (10yo+) in Mar.
Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 100-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, mistake 2 out, stayed on well flat, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Midnight Prayer (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m Listed Amateur Novice Chase (5yo+) (1) gs in Mar.
Sir Du Bearn (FR) 33-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, weakened from 13th, tailed off 5 out, 9th of 17, 24l behind Duke Of Lucca (10-7) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd.
Ballybough Gorta (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Behind, pushed along 7th, struggling before 10th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Reblis (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.