Ardkilly Witness is a leading contender after making the frame behind Bally Legend in a Grade 3 chase at Kempton. But softer going would be ideal for him and Uttoxeter winner Milborough would also prefer more cut in the ground. SON OF FLICKA could take advantage given he's perfectly at home on today's surface and returns to chasing after running well over hurdles in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham last month. He gets the vote with the remainder looking up against it in this company.
Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Held up in last trio, not fluent 11th, headway and pushed along in 7th after 4 out, not much room on bend well before 3 out, staying on same pace in 5th when went left 2 out, no further progress, 5th of 13, 4l behind Bally Legend (10-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Feb.
Milborough (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Mid-division on inside, not fluent 7th, lost place 13th, not much room 18th, headway after 4 out on outside, no extra from 2 out, mistake last, 8th of 15, 9l behind Midnight Prayer (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m Listed Amateur Novice Chase (5yo+) (1) gs in Mar.
Flichity (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Took keen hold, led until after 10th, lost place after 4 out, weakened before next, 4th of 7, 27l behind Smart Catch (11-1) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Lucky Cody (IRE) 28-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, soon in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 6th, in a race won by The Ramblin Kid (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.
Son Of Flicka 25-1 (10-7) Led, driven 2 out, headed between last 2, soon ridden, weakened last, 11th of 28, 12l behind Whisper (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Steepleofcopper (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Mid-division, reminders 7th, weakened 3 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Sergeant Mattie (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Mar, 12 ran.