Just five runners in this novices' chase but, of the quintet, only Barr Head is likely to struggle. This trip may stretch Degas Art but he was a long way in front of Double Expresso when successful over 2m4f at Carlisle last month. Lord Redsgirth won a three-runner race over a shorter trip here last time and has won over 3m between the flags but could find the concession of 7lb to THELOBSTERCATCHER just beyond him. Tim Vaughan's grey has had his jumping problems in the past but finally seems to be getting the hang of things and Richard Johnson will probably try and make the most of his proven stamina in this.
Degas Art (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along briefly after 8th, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out, terrible blunder last, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Sotovik (9-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Apr.
Lord Redsgirth (IRE) Evensfav (10-8) In rear in 3rd, went 2nd before 2 out, challenged last, led run-in, always in command, comfortably, won at Perth 2m 4f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Apr beating Red Harbour (10-11) by 4l, 3 ran.
Barr Head (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, not fluent 5th, with leader 12th, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 5, 32l behind Willie Hall (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chase (5) gd in Mar.
Double Expresso 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd at 11th, ridden and lost 2nd place 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 44l behind Degas Art (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in Apr.
Thelobstercatcher 9-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, plugged on approaching 3 out, went modest 3rd before last, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Rockabilly (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.