Siberian Tiger won on his debut over the larger obstacles at Haydock but couldn't follow up under a penalty at Stratford. Mixed messages have come out of that latter contest and Evan Williams' six-year-old may have problems here giving the weight to MAD MOOSE. The latter is tackling fences for the first time in public but has a chasing pedigree and was no slouch over hurdles, winning a decent race over timber at Haydock in March. He looks a far better prospect than Tramore fourth Bandama and former pointer Strong Soul.
Siberian Tiger (IRE) 4-5fav (11-4) Led until 1st, tracked winner, ridden after 2 out, no impression last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 5l behind That'll Do (10-12) at Stratford 2m 4f nov chs (3) gf in May.
Bandama (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd before 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 13l behind Coolharbour Breeze (11-7) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chase gf.
Mad Moose (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 8th, rallied approaching 3 out, chased winner 2 out, edged left and no impression when demoted to 3rd flat, no extra, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Havingotascoobydo (11-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Mar.
Strong Soul (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Deireadh Re (11-0) at Worcester 3m mdn hdl (4) gd.