Acordingtoscript's run earlier in the day will be a pointer to the chances of Swift Arrow, who beat Martin Todhunter's recent acquisition in a point-to-point at Kinsale in October. Alan Swinbank's bumper runners are always to be feared here but Barseventytwo needs to step up on his Newcastle debut in February to figure while Brindisi Breeze and Karinga Hey were both beaten favourites last time. Sands Of Vatersay has claims on her third at Aintree and it will be interesting to see if there is any support for newcomer Brieryhill Boy but ASHES HOUSE hasn't been sent up from South Wales for the good of his health. A 20-length winner at Ffos Las, his undoubted stamina will be an asset here.
Ashes House (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Made all, clear over 3f out, soon pushed along, eased entering final furlong (no time taken), won at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Nov beating Manor Court (11-0) by 20l, 5 ran.
Ballycarbery 28-1 (10-7) Always in rear, ridden halfway soon struggling, 9th of 11, well behind Sydney Paget (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Barseventytwo (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, weakened 10f out, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Dark Glacier (11-11) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Brieryhill Boy Terimon gelding out of Bella Mary.
Brindisi Breeze (IRE) 11-10fav (11-2) Always prominent, not much room and stumbled on bend over 3f out, led and bumped 2f out, soon headed, led again narrowly well inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 8, hd behind Nodda High Kid (10-9) at Musselburgh 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Cranberry Ice (IRE) 80-1 (11-0) Took keen hold in touch, outpaced and lost place over 6f out, tailed off, 8th of 12, 24l behind Coneygree (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Karinga Hey 9-4fav (11-4) Held up behind, pushed along before 7f out, soon tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind The Wayward Lord (10-13) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Rocking And Reelin Supreme Sound gelding out of Cudder Or Shudder.
Snapping Turtle (IRE) Turtle Island gelding out of Rachael's Dawn.
Swift Arrow (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ld to 5th, trkd ldr in 2nd aftr until ld bef 2out, sow flat, snugly, won at Kinsale 3m ire ptp sft in Oct beating Acordingtoscript (12-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Sands Of Vatersay 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Russie With Love (10-9) at Aintree 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) hvy.