A trappy finale in which most can be given some sort of chance. RIVALISTE would definitely have claims on his third to Dave's Dream off a higher mark at Cheltenham in November, though probably prefers a bit further nowadays. There will be a strong pace in this, however, so he gets a tentative vote ahead of Lease Lend, who is also probably better over further but did win over this trip at Wetherby on his penultimate start and has been successful here in the past, along with I'm Delilah and Silk Drum. Moon Over Miami is still capable on his day and should be in the firing-line again but Elite Land is now on a career-high mark after winning at Musselburgh and neither King Edmund nor Awesome George have shown much sparkle this term.
Pret A Thou (FR) 17-2 (11-3) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led approaching 3 out, stayed on gamely, won at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb beating De Boitron (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Lease Lend 4-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, some headway after 5 out, never dangerous, 5th of 10, 32l behind Crescent Island (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Feb.
King Edmund 12-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 4th, chased winner 4 out until 3 out, mistake last, no extra flat, 6th of 13, 9l behind Anquetta (10-3) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Feb.
Rivaliste (FR) 11-2 (10-11) Held up, headway approaching 5 out, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 11, 32l behind Chance Du Roy (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.
Awesome George 7-1 (10-11) Held up, hampered after 1f, closed 11f out, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 44l behind Pepe Simo (11-0) at Kempton 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Moon Over Miami (GER) 16-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division, mistake 6th, headway after 4 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 13, 4l behind Anquetta (10-3) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Feb.
I'm Delilah 14-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, jumped badly left 4 out, weakened after next, 6th of 10, 34l behind Crescent Island (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Feb.
Silk Drum (IRE) 10-3 (11-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7th, every chance 2 out, disputing 2 lenghts 2nd when blundered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Call Me A Legend (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
Beggars Cap (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Held up last, jumped slowly 2nd, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Pigeon Island (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar '10, 19 ran.
Fred Bojangals (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 4th, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 8th of 10, 37l behind Nine Stories (11-8) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Elite Land 10-3 (11-9) Towards rear, headway approaching 6th, led 4 out, clear approachinig 2 out, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Feb beating Folk Tune (11-8) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Kilkenny All Star (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Soon well outpaced in rear, slow 5th, ridden and hit 7th, tailed off, 7th of 8, 43l behind Russian Flag (11-5) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.