Stuart Coltherd and Lucinda Russell both saddle a couple of runners in this. The former's best hope appear to be Sharney Sike, who has already scored three times over the larger obstacles. He gets on well with 7lb claimer Daragh Bourke and should go closer again but we just prefer Russell's BEN AKRAM. The Musselburgh winner has been slow to come to hand but the six-year-old was only four lengths behind Sharney Sike at Newcastle in December and is 13lb better off now. Gleann Na Ndochais has the past form to figure but isn't easy to catch right.
Sharney Sike 7-2 (11-5) Prominent in 4th, with leader 10th, led before 11th,blundered 2 out, not fluent last, kept on well, driven out, won at Newcastle 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar beating Definite Appeal (10-1) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Picks Milan (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Led 1st until before 7th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Big Society (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Champagne Agent (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) In rear, reminders before 5 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Work Boy (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Ben Akram (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Held up in touch behind leaders, closed on outside from 9th, led 3 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb beating Dingo Bay (11-5) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Azerodegree (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Mid-division on outside, lost place 5 out, behind when mistake next, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Total Assets (11-10) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Gleann Na Ndochais (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) In rear, reminders after 2nd, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 7l behind Samtheman (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Doubledisdoubledat (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Tracked winner to after 5th, ridden after next, weakened from 2 out, 6th of 13, 46l behind Kilgefin Star (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Irish By Name (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, weakened 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Adili (10-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 11 ran.
Caught In The Act (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Mid-division, lost place before 3 out, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Total Assets (11-10) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar, 16 ran.