Aqalim may not have beaten much on his debut at Taunton but has obvious scope on only his second start. But we prefer CLONDAW BANKER, who won a jumpers' bumper on the Polytrack here last month. Nico De Boinville claims back 5lb from his penalty and he won on Turf between the flags. Colin's Brother should improve on his sixth at Cheltenham while Murrayana is preferred to Hurricane Vic and Champagne Chaser of the newcomers.
Clondaw Banker (IRE) 13-8fav (10-13) Prominent, went 2nd 4f out, led and ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan beating Molly Cat (10-7) by 2l, 16 ran.
Top Show 100-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, 43l behind Five In A Row (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Aqalim 10-11fav (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway on inside from 4f out, led and quickened just over 1f out, readily, won at Taunton 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (5) gd in Dec beating Go Odee Go (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Champagne Chaser Tobougg gelding out of Champagne Lil.
Colin's Brother 12-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, behind 5f out, plugged on inside final 2f, 6th of 10, 33l behind Modus (10-12) at Cheltenham 1m 6f 4yo NH flat (Listed) (1) sft in Jan.
Hurricane Vic Mount Nelson gelding out of Fountains Abbey.
Murrayana (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Royalrova.