BUCKLAND GOLD looks a good bet to land this handicap chase; the list of alternatives is headed by Ice Bucket and Michigan d'Isop. The selection won well when last seen out and although he has a 7lbs penalty to contend with here, he scored impressively enough to suggest that he should be able to cope. Ice Bucket is a model of consistency but he has only managed to get his head in front twice and his habit of finding one too good does temper confidence in him. Michigan d'Isop is a capable performer on his day but he has now gone 16 races without a win and he may have to settle for the role of bridesmaid again here. Sammy Spiderman has a decent strike-rate but his best form is on really testing ground and on that basis he is worth swerving today. Buckland Gold is in good form and he can win again.
Killard Point (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 3rd after 3 out, soon ridden, one pace last, 5th of 7, 6l behind Ballyvaden (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Apr.
Buckland Gold (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Tracked leader, led 7th, clear 3 out, blundered badly 2 out, mistake last, stayed on well, won at Southwell 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd beating Prince Des Marais (11-10) by 7l, 7 ran.
Pacco (FR) 10-3 (11-5) In touch, outpaced 4 out, kept on from next, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Storymaker (11-6) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
On You Go (IRE) 3-1fav (10-11) won at Limerick 3m hcp chs gd in Nov '07 beating Royal Man (11-1) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 11-1 (11-7) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, led 3 out, ridden and headed flat, rallied towards finish just out, 2nd of 11, nk behind Nouveau Maire (11-7) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in Apr.
Ice Bucket (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Led until 3 out, soon ridden, kept on, not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 13l behind Royal Wedding (11-5) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Captain Tidds (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, stayed on approaching 2 out, soon no impression on leaders, 7th of 14, 17l behind Stance (10-4) at Sandown 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Feb.
First Boy 11-2 (11-1) Held up in touch, outpaced 9th, 9 lengths down and no impression when mistake and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Major Miller (10-13) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Oncle Kid (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Held up, headway 16th, went 3rd after 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Coq Hardi (10-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov stks (4) gd in Apr.
Rapide Plaisir (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up, headway after 4 out, soon one pace, 4th of 10, 16l behind Mango Catcher (11-2) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Apr.
Obelix De Longechaux (FR) 6-1 (11-1) Held up, headway 8th, close-up when blundered 12th, soon ridden, weakened 3 out, 9th of 10, 47l behind Royal Wedding (11-5) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Michigan d'Isop (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Held up and behind, headway after 3 out, ridden and beaten before last, one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Soubriquet (10-9) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in Apr.
Carrietau 3-1 (11-12) Led to 3f out, soon ridden, remained challenging, 1 length down flat, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Tarsus (11-4) at Bangor 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Sammy Spiderman 11-4 (10-5) Held up, hampered 5th, went 2nd 12th, blundered 5 out, effort 3 out, ridden and kept on same pace from next, no impression, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Panama At Once (10-5) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Royal Kicks (FR) 10-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, hard ridden 3 out, stayed on after next, went 2nd flat and closing on winner near finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Senor Shane (10-8) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Noble Bily (FR) 14-1 (10-11) Held up, headway 10th, ridden after 4 out, stayed on same pace from next, went 3rd after 2 out, 3rd of 10, 18l behind Royal Wedding (11-5) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.