Tutchec has a chance at the weights on his win at Sedgefield but, like Balding Banker, fell heavily last time. Highrate also came down on his latest start and Kent Street's jumping is suspect while Rudemeister only beat one home when favourite at Catterick. WILD GEESE has made steady progress over fences and got off the mark at Musselburgh last month over a similar trip. He is probably worth sticking with, though Oil Burner won here in the autumn and is only 4lb higher.
Balding Banker (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 10th, challenging when fell 3 out, in a race won by Rapidolyte De Ladalka (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb, 4 ran.
Kent Street (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, weakened before 4 out, 13th of 16, 37l behind Doctor Foxtrot (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Wave Power (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Close up, ridden 3 out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Sotovik (10-10) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jul.
Rudemeister (IRE) 13-8fav (11-10) Tracked leader, led after 3rd, pressed when left 10 lengths clear 3 out, jumped slowly and reduced advantage 2 out, headed before last, weakened flat, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Rapidolyte De Ladalka (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Wild Geese (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) With leader, mistake 9th, led before 12th, headed 2 out, left in lead last, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Feb beating Bridlingtonbygones (11-10) by 5l, 6 ran.
Hawaii Klass 33-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, reminders 8th, one pace and no impression, 4th of 9, 16l behind Markadam (11-3) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Highrate (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Mid-division, hampered 1st, fell 3rd, in a race won by Marie Des Anges (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) sft in Feb, 11 ran.
Ebony River (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Held up in touch, led 11th, headed 13th, went 3rd 3 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened run-in, 6th of 9, 17l behind Markadam (11-3) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Alfred Oats 12-1 (10-9) Held up in 5th, dropped to rear and struggling before 9th, headway and in touch on outside 13th, disputed 2nd when fell 4 out, in a race won by Frank The Slink (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar '12, 6 ran.
Tutchec (FR) 11-10fav (11-12) Tracked leader, not fluent and reminer 7th, not fluent 9th, mistake 11th, soon lost place and behind, rallied and 1 length down in 3rd when fell 2 out, in a race won by No Way Hozay (10-0) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 4 ran.
Oil Burner 9-2 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway to take 2nd from 12th, challenged 2 out, kept on run-in, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Bertie Milan (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.