A gamble on Triangular went adrift at Doncaster last month and he's been raised 4lb since. Bangor scorer Midnight Appeal can probably be forgiven a subsequent run at Aintree, however, while Shuil Royale is very capable of winning off his current mark if in the mood. But the safest option is probably SUMMERY JUSTICE, who looked on the way back at Bangor and on a decent mark at present. Court Victory is very lightly raced for his age but is best watched today having shown little on his return from yet another lengthy absence at Warwick last month. Chartreux, Arbeo and Adrenalin Flight were all pulled up on their latest starts.
Midnight Appeal 9-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, mid-division when mistake 5th, headway approaching 10th (bechers brook), struggling when jumped left and hampered 5 out, tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind Rebel Rebellion (11-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) sft in Dec.
Summery Justice (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Towards rear, in touch before 5th, pushed along before 6 out, ridden before next, soon outpaced, went 3rd before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on from last, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Railway Dillon (11-6) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Chartreux (FR) 66-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd or 9th, ridden in mid-division 14th, weakened approaching 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Mountainous (10-0) at Chepstow 3m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec, 20 ran.
Court Victory (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Tracked winner until 5th, struggling from 13th, pecked 4 out, weakened next, 3rd of 4, 37l behind Corrin Wood (11-8) at Warwick 3m nov chs (2) hvy in Jan.
Triangular (USA) 4-1fav (11-12) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 13th, ridden 3 out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, always held, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Ifyousayso (11-7) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Arbeo (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up, dropped to rear 7th, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Wiesentraum (11-0) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
Shuil Royale (IRE) 10-3 (11-5) Towards rear, struggling 14th, hit 16th, weakened 4 out, 5th of 9, well behind Count Guido Deiro (11-6) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.
Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, quickly weakened and pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Reblis (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.