Pride Of Dulcote is a worthy and strongly fancied favourite but WEAPON'S AMNESTY appeals as an each-way alternative whilst Cape Tribulation is a smart prospect who will have plenty of supporters. Malcolm Jefferson's runner appeared to have the measure of On Raglan Road when the latter fell three out at Doncaster and he is a progressive performer with a touch of class but this will provide him with a completely different test and he's short enough. Pride Of Dulcote has had little to beat on his last two starts but he won both races very easily and is held in high regard. He was travelling very easily in a race at this track when Ruby Walsh took the bad fall that hospitalised him and it's probably nothing more than a bizarre statistic that Ruby Walsh has fallen twice and unseated once on the three times that they've teamed up. The handicapper puts Alpha Ridge in the same league as that pair and he's unbeaten at this trip; there is a question mark over quicker ground but he's had little opportunity to race on it. Chariot Charger could improve for the longer trip and that's what we're expecting our selection to do as he's stepped back up. He represents the yard responsible for last year's runner-up so connections know exactly what's required to lift this prize and was a wide margin winner of his only run over three miles, albeit in a maiden hurdle. He has to prove himself on faster ground but there's no reason to believe that it will be a problem whilst he wasn't suited by the drop in trip last time and Weapons Amnesty appears to have enough in his armoury to go close.
Alpha Ridge (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Made all, ridden and kept on well from before last, pressed close home, won at Gowran Park 3m hdl Grd 2 hvy in Jan beating Whatuthink (11-8) by 1l, 7 ran.
Bally Sands (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) In touch, outpaced 4 out, stayed on from next, took 2nd after last, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Jaunty Journey (11-3) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Browns Baily (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway to 2nd 3 out, ridden to lead entering straight, went clear before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Thurles 2m 6f nov hdl sft in Jan beating Hello Kitty (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 17 ran.
Cape Tribulation 13-2 (11-10) In touch, smooth headway to challenge when left in lead 3 out, drew clear between last 2, driven out comfortably, won at Doncaster 3m nov hdl Grd 2 (1) sft in Jan beating Junior (11-12) by 17l, 10 ran.
Chariot Charger (IRE) 6-5fav (11-5) Keen hold early, held up in 3rd, led chasing group after 4th, hit 4 out, closed up on winner, looked dangerous approaching 2 out, soon driven, found nil, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Wendel (11-8) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Den of Iniquity 15-8jt-fav (11-4) Made virtually all, mistake 3rd, not fluent 5th, clear last, won at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating King Brex (11-4) by 15l, 12 ran.
Diablo (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Held up, outpaced 4 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up 3 out in race won by Cape Tribulation (11-10) at Doncaster 3m nov hdl Grd 2 (1) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Midnight Sail 14-1 (11-12) Behind, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Cape Tribulation (11-10) at Doncaster 3m nov hdl Grd 2 (1) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
On Raglan Road (IRE) 11-10fav (11-10) Tracked leader, headway to challenge after 4 out, led narrowly when fell 3 out in race won by Cape Tribulation (11-10) at Doncaster 3m nov hdl Grd 2 (1) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
On The Way Out (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Fell 1st fell in race won by Quevega (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl sft in Feb, 8 ran.
Picture In The Sky (IRE) 13-8 (11-5) Chased winner, hit 5 out, soon pushed along, kept on from last, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Fabalu (11-5) at Bangor 3m nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Pride of Dulcote (FR) 1-14fav (11-8) Made all, easily, won at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) hvy in Jan beating Song Sung Blue (11-0) by 28l, 2 ran.
The Midnight Club (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) Settled mid-division, headway to 3rd 4 out, improved to challenge 2 out, joined leader before last, ridden to narrow lead after last, kept on well to assert close home, won at Fairyhouse 3m nov hdl hvy in Jan beating Clan Tara (11-10).
Thetwincamdrift (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Held up, tracked leaders 7th, chased winner approaching 2 out, stayed on well towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Tarablaze (11-9) at Haydock 3m 1f nov hdl Grd 2 (1) sft in Feb.
Toby Belch (IRE) 11-4 (11-8) In touch in main group, chased leader 6, limped just after 3 out, soon ridden, moved left and headed 2 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Bensalem (11-4) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hdl (3) sft in Dec.
Weapon's Amnesty (IRE) 2-1fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th after 3 out, improved to 4th before 2 out, ridden to challenge last, no extra run-in and kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Roberto Goldback (11-3) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grd 2 hvy in Ja.
Western Charmer (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Raced 3rd, ridden approaching 2 out, no extra before straight, left moderate 2nd last, 2nd of 4, 10l behind Pandorama (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 2f nov hdl Grd 1 sft in Feb.