DOMINICAN MONK is the form pick to land this handicap chase with both Leslingtaylor and Pepsyrock worth noting. The selection comes into this race on the back of some decent efforts. He won at Sandown last month before going in again at Haydock last time out. He is five pounds higher in the weights which will make life tougher but with further improvement still to come at the ripe age of ten we feel he could prove difficult to beat. Leslingtaylor has run well in some competitive races of late and after winning at Doncaster he ran particularly well when fourth to Oh Crick at Aintree last time out. If recapturing that form he is sure to be in the shake up once again. Pepsyrock comes from a yard in form and having won back to back races at Sandown and Newbury he then ran a fair second to Ke Jumper at Kempton last time out so is another to add to the short list. A competitive race on paper but for the winner we return to Dominican Monk.
Andreas (FR) 33-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, jumped left 3rd, weakened approaching 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Oh Crick (10-0) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar, 18 ran.
Pablo Du Charmil (FR) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, mistake 13th, struggling when hampered 4 out, soon weakened, 10th of 23, 50l behind Something Wells (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Lord Henry (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Oh Crick (11-1) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd, 15 ran.
Medicinal (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, blundered 1st, joined leaders 4th, ridden in 2nd approaching 4 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 9, 12l behind Leslingtaylor (11-2) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gf in Feb.
Leslingtaylor (IRE) 7-1fav (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, kept on flat, nearest finish, 4th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Oh Crick (11-1) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd.
Kilmackilloge 9-2 (11-11) Chased leaders, led 4th, clear from 6th, 5 lengths up when blundered badly 2 out, ridden after last, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov beating Norborne Bandit (10-7) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Pepsyrock (FR) 11-8fav (11-9) Held up, headway 9th, chased winner 4 out, ridden and every chance last, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Kew Jumper (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Dominican Monk (IRE) 3-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, soon ridden, kept on well from last, won at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf beating Tom's Toybox (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Beggars Cap (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, led 2nd, headed 8th, every chance 3 out, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Dominican Monk (11-3) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf.