Present Lodger is a potential improver for Lucinda Russell but will have to really up his game to deal with the four at the head of the weights. There's little between the quartet on official ratings and it's no surprise to see connections of Howwoulduno and TIKKANDEMICKEY employ the services of useful conditionals to reduce their respective burdens. Both have a course and distance success to their name but the 7lb received by the latter could prove decisive. Frankie's Promise and Wild Card finished one-two the last day at Newcastle but there should be little between them now as the McCain charge seems likely to enjoy this drop in trip and could well emerge as the main danger to the selection.
Howwoulduno (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Chased leaders and 5th halfway, 4th when short of room and bumped by rival after 3 out, switched left and went 2nd next, soon no impression on winner and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Gold Bullet (11-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs in Nov.
Tikkandemickey (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, not fluent and went 2nd 3rd until before 2 out, soon ridden, went 2nd again before last, no impression on winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Mohawk Ridge (11-6) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Frankie's Promise (IRE) 15-8 (11-2) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st, slow 6th, led approaching 2 out, drew clear before last, ran on strongly, won at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar beating Wild Card (11-9) by 4l, 4 ran.
Wild Card 4-7fav (11-9) Chased leaders, led 3 out, headed approaching next, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Frankie's Promise (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Be A Dreamer 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 5th of 17, 50l behind Oliver's Hill (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Crofton Lane 150-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, fell 1st, in a race won by Katachenko (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 9 ran.
Diamond Native 100-1 (10-10) Prominent, lost place over 6f out, last of 9, well behind Heritage Way (11-0) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Mighty Cliche (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, no chance with leaders from 4th, 8th of 14, 37l behind Mohawk Ridge (11-6) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Present Lodger (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) In touch in 4th, weakened after 4 out, 4th of 7, 26l behind Garrahalish (11-8) at Haydock 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Purple Harry 100-1 (10-9) Mid-division, no chance with leaders from 4th, 7th of 14, 35l behind Mohawk Ridge (11-6) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Sedano (FR) 66-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway from 3rd, not fluent 5th, no impression on leaders 2 out, 3rd and well held when fell last, in a race won by Vinstar (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar, 8 ran.
Where's Malachy (IRE) Muhtarram gelding out of County Classic.
Always Summat 5-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear and keen, pushed along over 5f out, soon weakened, last of 7, well behind Celtic Agent (10-13) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Lilly's Legend 20-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 14, 46l behind Bop Along (10-11) at Hexham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar.