Shadrack is holding his form well but could only muster the one pace when third to Mr Syntax at Kelso last time and may struggle to give 12lb to the progressive KAI BROON. Lucinda Russell's five-year-old was an easy winner at the same track earlier this month and, as that was only his second start over fences, should find the necessary improvement to land this. Red Tanber was completely outclassed at Cheltenham last month and pulled up. He also seems better over 2m4f nowadays while this trip also looks on the sharp side for Tiptoeaway and Vosges may need some help from the handicapper if he's going to get his head in front.
Shadrack (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway after 2 out, ridden after last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Mr Syntax (11-6) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Red Tanber (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Always behind, struggling 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Sir Des Champs (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Mar, 10 ran.
Tiptoeaway (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Tracked winner, ran in snatches, ridden after 12th, driven and lost 2nd before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, last of 4, 50l behind Cucumber Run (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in Jan.
Vosges (FR) 11-1 (10-3) With leaders, led 7th, headed after last, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 16l behind Tartan Snow (10-2) at Kelso 2m 6f Am hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Kai Broon (IRE) 11-10fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, challenged last, soon led, easily, won at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Braddock Island (9-11) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.