Herdsman has got his act together over hurdles of late and landed a double at Wetherby beating Tweedledrum last time. However, he was all out to score by a neck on that occasion and is 6lb higher today so a chance is taken on CORRIN WOOD instead. The latter finished a respectable third in a higher grade race at Carlisle three weeks ago behind the progressive Shutthefrontdoor - a similar effort here should suffice. Ski Sunday has claims if forgiven a below-par run at Ffos Las last time and Tullyraine has slipped down to a tempting mark if rediscovering his best.
Simarian (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Held up, mistake 6th, always in rear, well behind before 8th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Ely Brown (11-0) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan, 18 ran.
Ski Sunday 14-1 (11-8) Prominent, led 4th, headed approaching 3 out, weakened before last, 10th of 14, 35l behind Kaylif Aramis (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Corrin Wood (IRE) 7-2 (10-6) Tracked leader, hampered 8th, led 3 out, ridden and headed last, no extra flat, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-0) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Oscar Prairie (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Always in rear, tailed off, 11th of 18, 39l behind Master Of The Sea (10-11) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft.
Sarando 33-1 (11-1) Prominent, not fluent 3rd, mistake 3 out, no extra from next, 6th of 8, 32l behind Storm Survivor (9-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Dec.
Tullyraine (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Went left start and slowly away, jumped left in rear and mistakes, behind 8th, 6th of 7, 39l behind Simply Wings (10-9) at Towcester 2m 3f beg chs (3) sft in Dec.
Herdsman (IRE) 4-1fav (10-8) Tracke dleaders in 3rd, went 2nd at 8th, led before 3 out, pressed on run-in and looked like getting past when found extra and just held on, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft beating Tweedledrum (10-2) by nk, 7 ran.
Westlin' Winds (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Led until 2nd, not fluent 4th, outpaced after next, weakened 3 out, 3rd of 5, 25l behind Stow (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m cond sll hdl (5) hvy.
American Life (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, some headway 4 out, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 15, 13l behind Dream Again Boys (11-7) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Pension Plan 20-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 13l behind Hada Men (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft.