LINE D'AOIS has visited this venue for all three starts under Rules, successfully so the last twice in bumper company. He handles heavy ground which is going to be paramount on this card and, as a former pointer, will have no problems with the trip. He should deliver if taking to the hurdling game. Laird Of Monksford appears a lesser light of the McCain operation at present, having finished in mid-division on all three starts. He should improve with experience and over this longer trip. Nodda High Lad has been absent since December but has notched a bumper success and the best of his subsequent form has been delivered on heavy ground.
Benefit In Kind (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, blundered 1st, lost 2nd 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, well behind Sealous Scout (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Laird Of Monksford (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) In rear, effort 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 10, 33l behind Kings Bandit (11-6) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Line D'aois (IRE) 11-4 (11-9) Close up, ridden 3f out, chased leader over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) hvy beating Jepeck (10-13) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Nodda High Kid 12-1 (10-3) Led until 2nd, given reminders, ridden before 4th, lost place approaching next, soon behind, 7th of 9, 38l behind Mr Utah (11-7) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Falcon's Ginger 50-1 (10-5) Led, driven over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 34l behind Starplex (10-5) at Newcastle 1m 6f 3yo NH flat (6) sft in Dec.