AGGIE'S LAD won a couple of similar events last year, including one over C&D. He'll have benefited for a recent outing at Kelso and is the one to beat on today's terms. Special Portrait looks the biggest danger on his third at Leicester last week and, though he has plenty to find with the selection, he makes more appeal than Kildonnan. Nadover and Viking Rebel have the past form to figure but both were still beaten a long way despite finishing third on their latest starts at Sedgefield and Ayr respectively.
Aggie's lad (IRE) 10-11fav (12-3) In touch in 4th, went 3rd at 8th, blundered 15th, chased winner before 2 out, weakened run-in, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Doc Row (11-7) at Kelso 3m 1f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Special Portrait (IRE) 8-1 (11-13) Held up, dropped to rear after 8th, outpaced 5 out, jumped left 2 out and last, ridden and ran on flat to snatch 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Rumbury Grey (11-9) at Leicester 2m 7f hts chs (3) gs.
Kildonnan 9-2 (11-11) Towards rear, hit 10th, struggling when mistake 14th, went right 2 out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 14l behind Inverlochy Lad (11-3) at Kelso 2m 6f hts chs (6) gd.
Hot 'n' Holy 200-1 (9-11) Mid-division, mistake and lost place 8th, hampered 11th, behind 12th, tailed off 16th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Beshabar (10-4) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 28 ran.
Nadover (FR) 33-1 (11-0) In tch til wknd 12; to & pu 2 out, in a race won by Sea Scout (11-0) at Corbridge 3m 5f ptp gd, 8 ran.
Sea Robber (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Trckd ldrs; ev ch 3 out; one pce, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Blarney Highwayman (12-0) at Garthorpe 3m ptp gf.
Viking Rebel (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, weakened before 13th, 3rd of 5, 47l behind Cloudy Lane (12-0) at Ayr 3m 1f hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
Bright Cloud (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Ap; led 15; stayed on wl, won at Sheriff Hutton 3m ptp gd in Jan beating Kiestown Chief (12-5) by 5l, 13 ran.
Northern Revoque (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) In rear, soon detached, 11th of 16, well behind Supreme Plan (11-5) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hts chs (6) gs.