John Wade has trained the winner in three of the four previous renewals and Dingo Bay looks to have leading claims. The latter arrives on the back of a double over these fences and should take the step up in trip in his stride. However, TUTCHEC finished fourth in what looked a tougher race than this at Carlisle last time and Nicky Richards' charge gets the nod. Boris The Blade has lost his way since winning over track and trip in December and Quacity has gone backwards after a decent third at Kelso in the same month. Milan Royale scored at Sedgefield recently but this is more competitive, though Blazing Diva has a shout on her earlier second behind Dingo Bay.
Boris The Blade 28-1 (10-7) Badly hampered and nearly fell 1st, soon in rear, behind when jumped left 7th, pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Monsieur Cadou (11-2) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Quacity (FR) 17-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, soon towards rear, weakened from 9th, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Beau Dandy (10-6) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.
Tutchec (FR) 8-1 (10-5) Led, headed briefly 5 out, ridden and headed 2 out, one pace and lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 11, 8l behind Oil Burner (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Quinder Spring (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Mid-division, ridden 5 out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, well behind Knight Woodsman (11-0) at Musselburgh 3m Am hcp ch 0-100 (5) gd in Feb.
Overlady 11-1 (10-6) Mid-division, chased leaders before 7 out, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 13, 39l behind Etxalar (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Milan Royale 5-1 (11-12) In touch in rear, blundered 5th, headway to disputed 3rd at 8th, clear 3rd next, ridden to chase clear leader 3 out, driven to lead last when stumbled on landing and rider lost reins, great recovery, ridden out, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Mar beating Ancient Times (11-5) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Barnevelder (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) With leaders, lost place before 10th, headway before 4 out, plugged on from 3 out, no impression, 4th of 13, 18l behind Etxalar (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Blazing Diva (IRE) 9-1 (10-1) Towards rear, reminders 3rd, never dangerous, 8th of 13, well behind Etxalar (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
My Friend George 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, always slightly detatched, weakened 6 out, tailed off, moderate 4th, 4th of 5, well behind Rapidolyte De Ladalka (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f nov chs 0-125 (4) gs in Feb.
Dingo Bay 15-8fav (10-7) Prominent, went 4th from 10th, went 3rd from 5 out, led before 2 out, just held on, driven out, won at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb beating Blazing Diva (11-2) by nk, 8 ran.