BARENGER won at Market Rasen before finishing second at Leicester and can give the weight away to Overnight Fame, still beaten almost 30 lengths when second at Plumpton on his latest start. Hunter chaser Picaroon will enjoy the quicker surface but hasn't won a race under Rules since 2010 and Kilflora has finished tailed off in his last two starts over hurdles and is only one from 17 over the larger obstacles.
Picaroon 9-4 (11-11) Held up, pulled hard, soon in touch, led after 5th, mistake next, not fluent 10th, stumbled 11th, headed 12th, mistake 4 out, no impression on winner from 2 out, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Double Bank (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f hts chs (6) hvy in Feb.
Barenger (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged after 4 out, led when not fluent 2 out, soon headed, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Morgan's Bay (10-13) at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Feb.
Overnight Fame (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Led to 4th, remained close up, pecked 8th, in 3rd from 2 out and held, left remote 2nd before last, 2nd of 5, 29l behind Upton Mead (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.
Kilflora 33-1 (11-2) Led, headed after 4 out, ridden next, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Groomed (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Feb.