This is a very competitive handicap with the weights headed by Cross Kennon and Restless Harry, who have both won a Grade 2. The latter should come out best of those two while Cockney Trucker has been a regular in tough handicaps for many years, though has yet to win over 3m. Aaim To Prosper seems to have found his level over hurdles but proved no match for WEEKEND MILLIONAIR at Taunton just over three weeks ago. That was only the six-year-old's second try over 3m but he saw the trip out well and had a bit more in the locker than the official winning margin suggests. We'll take him to defy a 9lb weight rise though Connectivity has run three cracking races since returning from injury and should be winning soon. He appears to have the beating of Monetary Fund. None of the others can be ignored but probably have to improve a little on recent form.
Cross Kennon (IRE) 100-1 (11-10) Tracked leading pair, reminders after 6th, driven and lost place after 3 out, weakened from next, 7th of 13, 27l behind Solwhit (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Restless Harry 5-2 (10-12) Held up in 3rd, not fluent 9th, pushed along outpaced and no chance after 14th, last of 3, 10l behind Danimix (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs.
Weekend Millionair (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Held up in last trio, headway approaching 9th, challenged in 3rd going well 2 out, led before last, soon ridden clear, stayed on well, won at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gf beating Aaim To Prosper (10-9) by 3l, 9 ran.
Cockney Trucker (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Held up in 6th, mistake and slightly hampered 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, stayed on to dispute modest 4th at the last, never involved, 5th of 8, 26l behind Top Of The Range (11-10) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Mar.
Monetary Fund (USA) 10-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, effort approaching last, never on terms, 11th of 17, 16l behind Big Easy (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft.
Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 3-1fav (10-9) Tracked leaders in 5th, ridden before 2 out, stayed on flat, took 2nd final strides, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Weekend Millionair (10-8) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gf.
Connectivity (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, led after next, not fluent and headed last, unable to quicken flat, 4th of 17, 2 1/4l behind Big Easy (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft.
So Fine (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Raced on inside, chased winner, blundered 7th, lost 2nd next, jumped slowly 10th, blundered and struggling next, no chance when went left 12th, jumped left final 3, tailed off, last of 3, well behind Poungach (11-7) at Kempton 3m nov chs (3) gs in Mar.
Umadachar (FR) 9-4fav (11-8) Chased leaders, went 2nd 6th, led and jumped left next, narrowly headed when jumped left again 2 out, rallied under pressure to lead again flat, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb beating Phase Shift (10-8) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Radmores Revenge 6-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, went 4th flat, never near to challenge, 4th of 9, 6l behind Araldur (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Scoter Fontaine (FR) 25-1 (10-1) Held up in touch, closed before 2 out, no extra flat, 9th of 17, 10l behind Party Rock (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs.