SA SUFFIT should be capable of giving weight and a beating to this opposition although he doesn't have all that much in hand of Fit To Drive on official figures and Mr Gerrard is of interest on his chase bow. James Ewart's charge has shown a consistent level of form this season over a variety of distances. His latest effort saw him run Scottish Grand National fancy Chief Dan George close over two miles seven but his victory on his penultimate start was achieved over an extended two miles. This stiff finish should ensure that this is a stiff enough test and he could outclass the opposition. Fit To Drive deserves to gain another success but she is probably flattered by her official rating and may have to settle for a minor role once again. General Ledger is open to improvement but has plenty to prove as does Mr Gerrard following three modest runs in bumpers but this Irish point-to-point winner may prove to be a different proposition now jumping obstacles. The selection sets a fair standard though and Sa Suffit should be good enough.
Sa Suffit (FR) 11-4fav (11-6) Close up, led 4th until 9th, led again 12th, ridden approaching last, headed after last and soon not pace of winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Chief Dan George (11-3) at Kelso 2m 6f nov stks (2) gd in Mar.
Fit To Drive 15-8fav (11-8) Chased winner, took narrow lead 9th, hit 11th, narrowly headed 2 out, stayed challenging, close enough and ridden last, weakened flat, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Oh Braga (10-7) at Newbury 2m 2f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Feb.
General Ledger (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Prominent, led and not fluent 3rd, mistake 4th, headed 6th, hit 8th, weakened approaching 11th, hit 2 out, 6th of 7, well behind Kikos (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) gf in Mar.
Mr Gerrard (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, headway to 4th 5f out, ridden in 6th and no extra 3f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 17, 38l behind Ballymak (12-0) at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Panthers Run 100-1 (10-12) Led, headed approaching 2 out, driven and one pace flat, 2nd of 6, 20l behind Auroras Encore (11-1) at Carlisle 2m nov stks (3) gs in Mar.
Paperchaser 20-1 (10-5) Mid-division, ridden approaching 3 out, kept on until weakened from last, 3rd of 14, 16l behind Incas (10-11) at Perth 3m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Aug '07.
Soubriquet (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 2 out, soon driven and no impression, 4th of 6, 31l behind Auroras Encore (11-1) at Carlisle 2m nov stks (3) gs in Mar.
Lady Chatelaine (IRE) 18-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden 2 out, soon one pace, 5th of 7, 6l behind Super Baby (11-3) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Wensleydale Web 5-1 (10-4) Led, headed 3f out, weakened, 7th of 11, well behind Sheriff Hutton (11-7) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in May.