Lucinda Russell has trained the winner of this in three of the last four years so Etxalar has to be worth a second look, despite racing for the first time since pulling up in the Scottish National in April. Beamazed was successful by five lengths over C&D when last seen in February and that run ties him in closely with Rebel Swing, who beat the same horse over 3m here last month. Valley View appeals as the type likely to improve again this year but this company may be too tough for veteran Victory Gunner nowadays. See What Happens' run earlier on the card will be a guide to the chances of the unexposed African Broadway, who beat him at Wetherby, but HAROUET may be better handicapped. Peter Bowen's charge will like the ground and wasn't disgraced in a decent contest at Chepstow last time. He can finally show he can reproduce his best form away from Ffos Las.
Beamazed 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, joined leader 9th, hit 13th, travelled on bit from 14th, led last, kept on strongly, driven out, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb beating Vamizi (11-0) by 5l, 13 ran.
Arbor Supreme (IRE) 80-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, behind 13th, refused last, in a race won by Romanesco (10-5) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct, 14 ran.
African Broadway (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, effort 4 out, upsides when blundered 2 out, led last, driven out flat, won at Wetherby 3m 1f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct beating See What Happens (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
My Boy Paddy (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, lost place 6th, in rear from 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Saint Are (10-13) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
Rolecarr (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner from 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 16l behind Across The Bay (11-9) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Oct.
Valley View (IRE) Evensfav (11-7) Held up, headway 12th, chased winner 3 out, soon ridden, hung left from before last, stayed on same pace, not able to challenge, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Fabalu (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Harouet (FR) 20-1 (10-6) Towards rear, pushed along after 13th, headway from 5 out, went 4th and mistake 3 out, no impression, 4th of 12, 10l behind Lost Glory (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Oct.
Victory Gunner (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Held up, behind after 13th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Bradley (11-8) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Rebel Swing 12-1 (10-13) Always prominent, led when went right 10th, headed narrowly 12th, regained lead last, hung left and ridden after last, kept on well final 110 yards, won at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct beating Vamizi (11-11) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Etxalar (FR) 100-1 (10-0) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 19th, in a race won by Merigo (10-2) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Super Ally (IRE) 7-2 (10-1) Always behind, soon struggling, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Across The Bay (11-9) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Oct.