Sacred Mountain goes well here and this is much easier than his latest run when taking in a visit to the Cheltenham Festival. However, his best form has hitherto arrived on ground with cut and BUCKSTRUTHER appeals as a more viable option. He'll be right at home on the faster conditions and has been on an impressive roll between the flags, also managing to fit in a really battling success when repelling the persistent challenge of The Wifes Pet at Musselburgh in hunter chase company in February. Glen Lord has ability but makes many a mistake but it was unusual to see Digg Whitaker come to grief when going quite well at Sedgefield in the race won by Palos Conti. He wouldn't have won that day but it was a run of sufficient promise to afford him a place on the short-list here.
Buckstruther (IRE) 6-4 (12-5) Hdwy 10; led 15; rdn out, won at Morpeth 3m ptp gd beating Tommysteel (12-5) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Sacred Mountain 200-1 (11-6) Always behind, struggling 20th, never dangerous, pulled up on bend before 2 out, in a race won by Back In Focus (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gs in Mar, 16 ran.
Castley Lane 7-2 (12-0) Prom til lost plce 15; stayed on flat, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind James Wyatt (12-0) at Bedale 3m ptp gd.
Digg Whitaker 33-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 16th, soon outpaced, held and disputing 3rd when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Palos Conti (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hts chs (6) gs, 7 ran.
Glen Lord Evens (12-5) Ur 3, in a race won by Sea Wall (12-5) at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd, 6 ran.
Indian Print (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Chsd ldrs til wknd 15, 4th of 6, 39l behind Silk And Roses (11-7) at Cumberland Farmers 3m ptp gd.
Maften (IRE) 4-1 (12-5) Prom til wknd aft 2 out, 5th of 14, 16l behind A New Rising (12-5) at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd.
Pats Preference (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Held up; hdwy 13; one-pcd app last, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Mr Tallyman (12-0) at Cleveland 2m 4f ptp gd.
Senor Alco (FR) 7-2 (12-6) Ap; ev ch 15; one pce, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Ocarina (12-6) at Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire and E 3m ptp gd in Mar.