Keeverfield won here in February and bounced back from a modest effort at Carlisle to score again at Towcester last month. He's never won at this level, however, and is conceding weight all round. ARDGLEN is one of three runners sent over from Ireland by Shark Hanlon. He had form in much better company last season and may well be good enough today with Ifonlyalfie returning from a break and Dont Tell Sailor and My Mate Vic having plenty to prove at present. Autumn Spirit is also hard to predict.
Keeverfield (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Started last, headway to lead after 1st, headed before 7th, led 9th, not fluent 11th or 13th, clear approaching last, stayed on, won at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar beating Kilcascan (10-10) by 8l, 7 ran.
Autumm Spirit 25-1 (11-10) Last pair, plugged on from 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 29l behind Quipe Me Posted (10-2) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Dont Tell Sailor (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Towards rear, soon pushed along, detached 7th, tailed off and pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Relax (11-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb, 14 ran.
Ardglen (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Prominent, slight mistake 7th and lost place, soon no danger, 8th of 9, 48l behind Playing (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 in Mar.
My Mate Vic (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Held up in last trio, blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Galway Jack (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd, 9 ran.
Ifonlyalfie 10-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway and in touch 11th, ridden to chase leading pair after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression when lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 16, 16l behind Royale Knight (11-4) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Oct.