The Black Baron won over a shorter trip here last month but was only third off his new mark at Huntingdon last time. Fine Parchment is headstrong and inconsistent but has ability when in the mood and well treated on his best form but is conceding 15lb to SOUDAIN. Steve Gollings' gelding has been a bit disappointing since winning over a marathon trip at Market Rasen on Boxing Day but has only had four starts over fences and may have more to offer. He can get back on the winning trail here as That's The Deal is frequently found out at this level and Riguez Dancer has yet to win over this trip, though isn't badly handicapped.
Riguez Dancer 11-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 31l behind Rolecarr (11-1) at Kelso 2m 7f Am hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Fine Parchment (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Led, headed last, one pace flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Gwanako (11-12) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
The Black Baron (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 7th, went 2nd 15th, 3rd and ridden when switched left before last, one pace flat, 3rd of 12, 8l behind King Jack (10-13) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Soudain (FR) 5-2fav (11-12) Chased leaders, headway to lead briefly 14th, pressed winner until soon after 2 out, well held in 3rd when blundered last, weakened to 4th in closing stages, 4th of 8, 17l behind Jurisdiction (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
That's The Deal (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along 10th, outpaced from 12th, 4th of 8, 29l behind Noble Legend (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.