Johnny Red is making steady progress and was second on his handicap debut at Taunton. Hatters River looked a bit unlucky at Doncaster two runs ago when just behind today's rival Go Set Go and was then second at Kempton last month when well backed. He's gone up 6lb but looks for one for the short-list while I Know The Code won at Uttoxeter last month and Arctic Wings has been hinting at a revival recently and is a past course winner. WILLOW'S SAVIOUR has his sights lowered and was only beaten a length-and-a-half at Exeter in the autumn off today's mark - he gets the nod.
Valid Point (IRE) 6-4fav (10-12) Led, joined from 5th, headed and not fluent 11th, beaten from 3 out, last of 4, well behind Phare Isle (10-5) at Towcester 2m 6f nov chs (4) gf in May.
Wychwoods Brook 4-6fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, weakened approaching last, 7th of 11, 20l behind Titchwood (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb.
Bradbury (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Mid-division, chased leaders before 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 5th of 14, 14l behind Cape Express (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Den of Iniquity 20-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 11, 23l behind Loose Chips (11-12) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Gay Sloane (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) In rear, blundered 2nd, not fluent 5th, soon weakened, 6th of 7, well behind Brick Red (11-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Johnny Red (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) In touch, went 2nd after 3 out until before next, stayed on to 2nd approaching last, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 16, 7l behind Duaiseoir (11-7) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 100-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, mistake 12th, behind 16th, 5th of 12, well behind The Package (11-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.
Willow's Saviour 16-1 (10-5) With winner, ridden after 3 out, lost place before next, soon beaten, 5th of 10, 12l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Psi (USA) 50-1 (10-0) Always behind, 14th of 18, 47l behind Double Ross (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Go Set Go 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, blundered 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on from last, 4th of 19, 2 3/4l behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Ray Diamond 33-1 (11-5) Led until 2nd, chased leader until lost place after 4th, ridden and weakened quickly before 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Thundering Home (10-9) at Sandown 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Feb.
Hatters River (IRE) 4-1fav (10-13) Raced wide in touch, headway to chase leaders 3 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, chance last, driven and not quicken flat, 2nd of 18, 2l behind Farbreaga (11-5) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
I Know The Code (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, led before 2 out, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb beating Petroupetrov (11-1) by 3l, 13 ran.
Arctic Wings (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division, ridden and every chance before last, kept on flat, 3rd of 19, 1 3/4l behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.