Softsong, three times a winner on the Flat, gained his maiden victory over timber in impressive fashion at Doncaster in January and had a run on Polytrack a month later so should be sharp enough to get into the frame. BROTHER BRIAN has been a beaten favourite in his last two starts but there was nothing much wrong with his defeat in a Grade 3 at Sandown last month and he looks the one to be on. Boondooma was just behind in that latter event and has won twice subsequently so the form should hold up. Wintered Well has won three of his last four and though 1lb out of the handicap Conor Ring's claim is a massive bonus and another big effort is anticipated. Thomas Crapper has to be a big threat as he's already won twice here this season and his second to Don Poli in the Martin Pipe at the Festival was another outstanding run. David Pipe has two entered here with the progressive Newton Abbot winner Volt Face looking the best of the pair.
Virak (FR) 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway on outside 5th, weakened before last, 6th of 24, 23l behind Don Poli (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) gd in Mar.
Edgardo Sol (FR) 33-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, effort before 2 out, never dangerous, 13th of 22, 24l behind Doctor Harper (11-3) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd.
Thomas Crapper 10-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway on wide outside after 3 out, led before 2 out, driven and headed last, no impression on winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 24, 4 1/2l behind Don Poli (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) gd in Mar.
Broadway Buffalo (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Towards rear, driven before 2 out, ridden and kept on approaching last, never reached leaders, 8th of 23, 6l behind Fingal Bay (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar.
Softsong (FR) 5-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, went 4th before 4 out, headway before 3 out, led 2 out, quickened before last, kept on well, won at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan beating Minella Friend (11-6) by 10l, 11 ran.
Royal Regatta (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Mid-division, hit 6th, some headway when not clear run before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 10th of 24, 29l behind Don Poli (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) gd in Mar.
Swnymor (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, riidden after 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 22, 16l behind Court Minstrel (11-12) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs.
Brother Brian (IRE) 11-2fav (11-1) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside bypasing omitted 3 out, pushed along and outpaced between last 2, stayed on to 4th last, stayed on same pace run-in, 4th of 16, 6l behind Brave Vic (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4f (1) sft in Mar.
Volt Face (FR) 9-4 (11-0) Took keen hold early and settled in rear, smooth headway approaching 6th, 3rd before next, 2nd soon after 3 out, led before 2 out, soon in command, kept on strongly, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft beating St Dominick (10-11) by 4l, 7 ran.
Another Hero (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders after next, mistake 2 out, weakened before last, 8th of 20, 16l behind Carole's Destrier (11-6) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
The Romford Pele (IRE) 4-1fav (11-2) Held up in rear but in touch, headway 3 out, never on terms, 4th of 11, 11l behind Lost Legend (11-2) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.
Big Casino 11-4 (11-12) Raced wide, tracked leaders in 5th, mistake 5th, went 4th under pressure after 4 out, kept on into 3rd before 2 out, no chance with leading duo, lost poor 3rd post, 4th of 8, 22l behind Cawdor House Bert (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Boondooma (IRE) 1-5fav (11-1) Led after 1st, sauntered clear from 3 out, eased towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar beating Itstimeforapint (11-1) by 6l, 7 ran.
Wintered Well (IRE) 4-6fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs beating Copt Hill (10-8) by 6l, 12 ran.