After victories at Uttoxeter and Bangor, Tick Tocker is likely to be a short price to complete his hat-trick here. He must go close but TWILL STAND TO US has begun making giant strides between the flags and looks a viable alternative to Donald McCain's charge in receipt of 7lb. General Hardi was in good form over fences at this time last year but recent efforts have been less impressive and Alpha One is also better known as a chaser. Monbeg needs to improve on what he's shown so far under Rules.
Tick Tocker (IRE) 5-6fav (10-12) Made all, hard driven approaching last, stayed on strongly, won at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Scoter Fontaine (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Alpha One (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, lost place 3rd, slow 6th, weakened 5 out, 6th of 7, 35l behind Brunswick Gold (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Antirrhinum 33-1 (11-0) Always behind, 10th of 11, well behind Trend Is My Friend (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in Apr.
General Hardi 5-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 12th, well behind
Lord Fox (IRE) 18-1 (10-8) Often jumped slowly and not fluent, tracked winner until 9th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Indian Castle (11-5) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Monbeg (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Held up, headway after 7th, ridden before 2 out, no extra last, weakened flat, 3rd of 5, 29l behind Indian Castle (11-5) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Over My Head 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear, jumped badly left and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Just Cameron (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) gd, 11 ran.
Twill Stand To Us (IRE) (12-5) (tt) held up; hdwy 13; led 4 out; comf, won at Zetland 3m ptp gd beating Max And Mix (11-12) by 4l, 8 ran.