Merigo is no doubt being prepared for another tilt at the Scottish National and is unlikely to be fully tuned up yet. Zitenka is potentially well treated and has been taking on better company but was behind Riguez Dancer at Wetherby 12 days ago so You Know Yourself is more interesting as he was only beaten a head over track and trip in his last run over fences. Or De Grugy may struggle in this grade nowadays, however, while Blenheim Brook has yet to replicate his useful novice form in handicaps though has been placed twice here. ROLECARR easily beat Or De Grugy over track and trip in December and finished well ahead of Blenheim Brook here in the autumn - he looks the one to beat again.
Mister Marker (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, towards rear when fell 19th, in a race won by Portrait King (11-8) at Newcastle 4m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Feb '12, 11 ran.
Merigo (FR) 16-1 (11-4) Led, ridden headed 5out, soon in rear, 6th of 7, well behind Cape Tribulation (11-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.
Blenheim Brook (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 12th, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 7, 14l behind Bocciani (10-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.
Rolecarr (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to lead after last, drew clear flat, won at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Or de Grugy (10-12) by 12l, 7 ran.
Forzy Origny (FR) 40-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, ridden and outpaced after 15th, soon beaten, 7th of 9, 30l behind Marufo (10-7) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
Zitenka (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place from 7th, 5th of 10, 29l behind Cloudy Too (10-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft.
Riguez Dancer 25-1 (10-10) Towards rear, one pace and no impression from 4 out, 4th of 10, 29l behind Cloudy Too (10-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Led, headed before 8th, weakened after 4 out, 6th of 11, well behind Seebright (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft.
Or de Grugy (FR) 7-2 (10-12) Pressed leader, ridden after 3 out, led narrowly next, headed when rider dropped whip after last, no extra, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Rolecarr (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.