Robin Will won a hunter chase here a year ago but is a tricky ride and has struggled under Rules this winter. Rio Milan was quietly fancied over hurdles at Warwick last time but never looked like threatening the places and Pistol has been a big disappointment over fences so far. Susquehanna River did win at Wetherby in the autumn but hasn't raced since finishing well beaten at Doncaster at the end of December. A couple of mistakes put paid to KNOCKRAHEEN's chances over track and trip at the start of the month but he'll have learned from that and gets the nod today ahead of Huntingdon runner-up Faith Keeper and Nodebateaboutit, who filled the same position here last month but may be better over further.
Susquehanna River (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Held up in last pair, not fluent 5th, reminder after 7th, headway approaching 8th, went 4th before 13th, driven and weakened approaching 3 out, 5th of 9, 29l behind Mart Lane (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Rio Milan (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Towards rear, making headway when not fluent 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 9th of 17, 36l behind Ulzana's Raid (11-1) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Robin Will (FR) 10-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, closed 8th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind Lienosus (11-12) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Pistol (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Raced wide tracking leaders, challenged 9th, went 2nd briefly next, hung left and lost place after 11th, weakened before 3 out (normal 4 out) tailed off, last of 6, well behind Farbreaga (10-10) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb.
Nodebateaboutit 4-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, held up, headway to chase leaders approaching 11th, went 2nd before 4 out, led next and soon clear, over 10 lengths ahead when badly hampered at paddock exit, lost all momentum and headed 100 yards out, not recover, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Thomas Wild (11-3) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Off The Wall (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) In rear, headway 9th, pushed along 14th, weakening when blundered 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by High Ron (11-4) at Southwell 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 5 ran.
Knockraheen (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 2nd, hit 7th, mistake 9th, not fluent 14th, ridden before 4 out, soon beaten, mistake 2 out, went modest 3rd from last, 3rd of 5, 18l behind Farmer Matt (10-10) at Exeter 3m (3) hvy.
Faith Keeper (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Close up, mistake 8th, went 2nd before 17th, ridden before 2 out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Long Wave (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Miss Saffron 14-1 (11-2) In rear, headway before 11th, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Smart Exit (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.