Only five runners in this but it's a tricky little contest. Perhaps Garleton is better over fences but Zaru might appreciate a switch back to the smaller obstacles having made mistakes before unseating his rider at Newcastle last time. Parc Des Princes is effective up to 2m4f but whether he'll stay the extra here must be a doubt. HOLLOW TREE usually takes on much better opposition than this and the former Grade 1 winner will probably never get a better chance to end his losing run as Embsay Crag appeared to be back in the handicapper's grip at Huntingdon last time.
Hollow Tree 11-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, ridden after 4 out, weakened before next, 6th of 8, 37l behind Wayward Glance (11-4) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Garleton (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened next, 4th of 8, 18l behind Kruzhlinin (11-12) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs (2) gs in Dec.
Zaru (FR) 7-2fav (11-5) Mid-division, went handy 2nd, chased winner 4th until hit 6th and pecked, outpaced 9th, 4th and beaten when mistake 4 out, well held 5th when mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by Galway Jack (11-10) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Mar, 7 ran.
Embsay Crag 4-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, slow 6th, never on terms, 5th of 7, 27l behind Ghost Of A Smile (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Parc Des Princes (USA) 16-1 (10-10) With leader, led before 5 out, raced wide and headed before 3 out, ever chance last, ridden run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Feast Of Fire (10-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.