Recent Haydock winner Mcmurrough had earlier beaten No Planning a length at Wetherby. The latter boosted the form when scoring at Kelso last month and that pair look closely matched. Wilde Pastures has every chance if staying the extra distance as he landed a hat-trick over 2m when scoring at Ayr with the minimum fuss, though is 9lb higher for this. There are no doubts about STORMING GALE's ability to last home as he also won at Ayr recently but over today's distance. Donald McCain's charge is preferred to Diamond Frontier and William Money, who are both upped in class, and gets the vote to defy a 7lb hike.
Wilde Pastures (IRE) 11-8fav (11-1) Chased leaders, every chance 3 out, led 2 out, drew clear after last, ran on well, won at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Mar beating Bocciani (11-12) by 5l, 5 ran.
Degas Art (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) In touch on outside, lost place 4th, behind from 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by What A Steel (9-11) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Jul, 15 ran.
McMurrough (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, chased leader, led 3 out, mistake 2 out, ridden and hung right flat, stayed on well, won at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Mar beating Quincy Des Pictons (11-7) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Storming Gale (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd before 4 out, hampered 3 out, shaken up to lead before last, ran on strongly, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Mar beating Premier Sagas (11-12) by 6l, 6 ran.
No Planning Evensfav (11-7) Pressed leader from 2nd, led 8th, ridden after 3 out, 2 lengths advantage when left well clear last, driven out flat, won at Kelso 2m 1f nov chs (4) sft in Mar beating Gris Lord (11-0) by 27l, 6 ran.
Rich Lord 6-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 9, 26l behind Nuts N Bolts (11-2) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb.
Diamond Frontier (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, led 4th, headed before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, stayed on to regain lead towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar beating Gold Cygnet (11-5) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
William Money (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd after 5th, ridden after 4 out, soon outpaced, headway before 2 out, chased winner last, every chance run-in, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Sawpit Supreme (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.