Mohawk Ridge came good at Carlisle last month and carries a penalty for his trouble. That should give the edge to DESOTO COUNTY given Donald McCain's charge was beaten only a head at Haydock on his latest start and is taken to go one better. Rockabilly Riot had a subsequent winner behind when landing a maiden hurdle at Musselburgh in January and can also figure but the remainder are harder to fancy. Bumper winner Spitz may prove best of them as he should have come on for a recent outing over track and trip.
Mohawk Ridge 5-1 (11-3) Made all, ridden and challenged last, kept on gamely run-in, won at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Sleepy Haven (11-0) by 10l, 7 ran.
Desoto County 8-11fav (10-12) Towards rear, niggled along after 3rd, closing when jumped slowly 6th and 3 out, switched right to challenge last, led flat, driven and headed close home, 2nd of 8, hd behind Goohar (10-9) at Haydock 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Neville Woods 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, lost place over 3f out, 6th of 9, 20l behind It's High Time (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gd in Dec.
Spitz (FR) 20-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, mistake 2 out, 5th of 12, 31l behind Landecker (11-3) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Thatsmylot (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 42l behind Heritage Way (11-0) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
The Chief Villain 66-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 10th halfway, no extra approaching straight, eased, tailed off, 14th of 22, well behind Daneking (11-11) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
The Village (IRE) 80-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, weakened before 5 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Stonebrook (11-3) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.
Utopian 80-1 (10-12) Held up behind, driven to chase leaders before 3 out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 13, 39l behind Secrete Stream (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Rockabilly Riot (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, led run-in, kept on towards finish, won at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan beating Final Assault (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Alkali (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, tailed off from 5 out, 7th of 10, well behind Stonebrook (11-3) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.