Course winner Karingreason scored on soft ground at Catterick in December but has hardly raised a gallop in two starts since while Babysitter has been a major disappointment this season. Daldini is well handicapped on his best form but is on a long losing run and his stable has been struggling for winners lately. Sacre Toi and La Pantera Rosa look worth opposing again but a case can be made for SYCHO FRED, even though he is a couple of pounds out of the handicap. The ground is ideal and he's won off similar marks in the past - Mike Sowerby's 11-year-old is probably a bit more reliable than his rivals and gets the nod.
Karingreason 8-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, weakened 4 out, 5th of 10, 33l behind Lucky Landing (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Babysitter (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Tracked winner, not fluent 2nd, lost 2nd after 5th, not fluent next, jumped slowly and lost place 8th, soon behind, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Arctic Ben (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
Daldini 5-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 10th, jumped slowly and ridden 13th, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Fabalu (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Sacre Toi (FR) 50-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, lost place after 3rd, behind 5th, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Achimota (11-6) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
La Pantera Rosa (IRE) 17-2 (11-2) Made most, ridden and headed 12th, chased leader until after after 14th, ridden and struggling in 4th before next, 4th of 6, 39l behind Hopeful Start (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Sycho Fred (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 3rd approaching 8th, mistake and weakened 12th, 6th of 10, 33l behind Petroglyph (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.