Chac Du Cadran built on the promise of his earlier placed efforts when winning in good style over 3m6f at Catterick last month though he's been upped 11lb for his trouble. Cool Operator is enjoying a new lease of life and remains on a decent mark compared to his best form having landed a double at the end of last year while Mortimers Cross beat Captain Americo a length over 4m at Kelso in December. The latter re-opposes on better terms today and makes more appeal than Rhum who beat Big Occasion at Wetherby last time. Monsieur Cadou has a shout and Grand National entry Tarquinius makes the trip over from Ireland having gone close at Gowran on his latest start. Comply Or Die carried top weight to victory in this in 2008, the year he won the Grand National, and trainer David Pipe sets MASTER OVERSEER a similar task. Fresh from defeating Desperate Dex at Wincanton, form that gives him the beating of Chac Du Cadran, Tom Bellamy's claim negates a 5lb rise and he gets the vote.
Master Overseer (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Led 2nd, headed when not fluent 8th, led 9th until 10th, led 11th, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Jan beating Desperate Dex (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Tarquinius (FR) 25-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway into 4th 4 out and disputed briefly entering straight, pecked on landing and headed 3 out, kept on under pressure and challenged run-in, just failed, 2nd of 18, hd behind Jadanli (10-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Cool Operator 13-2 (11-5) Held up in touch, led 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Do It For Dalkey (11-12) by 8l, 5 ran.
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 11-2 (10-7) Made all, clear after 2 out, easily, won at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan beating Desperate Dex (10-5) by 8l, 14 ran.
Mortimers Cross 5-1 (10-8) Blundered 1st, tracked leaders, joined leader after 3rd, slow 6th, led next, headed after 8th, every chance 4 out, soon driven and weakened, last of 5, well behind Carruthers (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Dec.
Our Island (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, outpaced 5 out, never able to get back on terms, 5th of 17, 18l behind Monbeg Dude (10-1) at Chepstow 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan.
Rapidolyte De Ladalka (FR) 10-3 (11-6) Led until after 3rd, jumped right and not fluent 6th, lost 2nd 10th, not fluent and reminder 11th, outpaced 4 out, left 10 lengths 2nd 3 out, closed next, led before last, stayed on well, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft beating Dannanceys Hill (11-7) by 9l, 4 ran.
Rhum (FR) 12-1 (11-9) Made all, jumped right and mistake 1st, jumped right next, not fluent 5th or 7th, clear last, ridden out, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating Flying Award (11-5) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Big Occasion (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, awkward 2nd, hampered and dropped rear 5th, closed 9th, mistake 11th, ridden 4 out, went 3rd last, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Rhum (11-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Netminder (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Led, headed after 8th, led again 9th, headed before 14th, ridden and weakened from 5 out, 4th of 6, 29l behind Ruben Cotter (11-0) at Doncaster 3m 2f nov chs (4) gd.
Captain Americo (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd before omitted 2 out, stayed on well run-in, always just held, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Mortimers Cross (10-10) at Kelso 4m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec.
Monsieur Cadou (FR) 12-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway 16th, led before last, ridden run-in, kept on gamely, won at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov beating Jaunty Journey (10-5) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Dusky Bob (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, not fluent 12th, pushed along 16th, not fluent and no impression 4 out, 7th of 8, 26l behind Chartreux (11-10) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Boris The Blade 10-3 (11-12) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed before 9th, ridden and in rear before 10th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Armedanddangerous (11-9) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan, 5 ran.