Dolatulo finally seems to have got the hang of jumping fences and won with a bit in hand at Carlisle earlier this month. He's in good form as is Time To Think, on a hat-trick after following up his Fontwell victory with another over track and trip last month. Granville Island just edged out Private Equity at Uttoxeter last time but the runner-up has let the form down since and Jennie Candlish's charge has plenty of weight. CARRIGMORNA KING also has a welter burden to carry but has done more to earn it. He came up against a well-handicapped rival when second at Wincanton earlier this month and may have more luck here. Back Bob Back is high enough in the weights at present but still preferred to Bendant and veterans Northern Alliance and Down The Stretch of the others.
Carrigmorna King (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Led from 3rd, soon clear, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Velator (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Granville Island (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 8th, led 3 out, soon ridden, edged right between last 2, blundered last, clung on, won at Uttoxeter 2m nov chs (4) gd beating Private Equity (11-7) by nk, 7 ran.
Dolatulo (FR) 4-7fav (10-12) With leaders early, chased leader, led 4 out, jumped left last, driven out, won at Carlisle 2m nov chs (4) gd beating Drill Sergeant (10-12) by 8l, 6 ran.
Northern Alliance (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Waited with, closed from 3 out, 6th into straight, chased leaders and no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 12l behind Warne (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hts chs sft in Feb.
Back Bob Back (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Chased winner, lost 2nd briefly at 8th, lost 2nd 12th, blundered 4 out, lost 3rd next, weakened soon after, 4th of 8, 31l behind Arctic Ben (11-8) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Time To Think 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 5 out, headed 3 out, rallied before last, led run-in, kept on well, won at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar beating Opera Og (11-13) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Bendant 4-1 (10-9) Not fluent 1st, tracked leader until mistake 10th, mistake next, outpaced slightly after, rallied 3 out, mistake 2 out, led before last where not fluent, stayed on well to draw clear flat, won at Chepstow 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs beating Furrows (11-12) by 9l, 7 ran.
Down The Stretch 16-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, driven when slipped on landing 14th, not recover and pulled up, in a race won by See U Bob (11-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs, 8 ran.