Flying Award stays extreme distance and is back in the right grade having been pulled up at Ffos Las last time. Alderluck won off a higher mark at Bangor last year but hasn't really been firing this term, though has the beating of Musical Wedge on the form book. Five Star Wilsham and The Clyda Rover have also struggled lately while Coolking will have his stamina to prove, though did score on heavy ground when trained in Ireland. ARMEDANDDANGEROUS is another trying a new trip but his style of running gives him every chance of getting home. He's back on a winning mark on his favourite surface so gets the nod as Somerby is racing from 12lb out of the handicap proper.
Flying Award (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, tailed off before 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Emperor's Choice (10-5) at Ffos Las 3m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Alderluck (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Towards rear, pushed along and headway before 4 out, plugged on from 2 out, no impression, 4th of 9, 10l behind Loughalder (10-2) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Five Star Wilsham (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 12th, every chance when blundered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Rhum (11-0) at Ludlow 3m Am hcp ch 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Coolking 16-1 (10-0) Led, headed after 8th, chased leader until just before 3 out, soon ridden, one pace and no impression next, weakened to 4th approaching last, 4th of 9, 14l behind Bennys Mist (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.
Musical Wedge 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, weakened before 5 out, 7th of 9, 49l behind Loughalder (10-2) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
The Clyda Rover (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 7th, pushed along after 12th, tailed off 13th, pulled up, in a race won by Boyfromnowhere (10-12) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov, 10 ran.
Armedanddangerous (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 12th, soon switched outside and outpaced, ridden 4 out, no chance from next, stayed on to take remote 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 22l behind Gorgehous Lliege (10-10) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Somerby (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 6 out, ridden after 4 out, went 4th before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, chased winner run-in, no impression, 2nd of 9, 8l behind The Last Bridge (10-8) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.