Top Of The Range has been raised 3lb since finishing third at Ascot but is one of the more likely winners of this competitive handicap. Araldur has appreciated the switch back to hurdles this season and ran another solid race when fourth at Newbury last month while Cockney Trucker ran the well-handicapped Aiam To Prosper to a neck at Doncaster last Saturday and looks to be on the way back. Billy Merriott and Winds And Waves are both chasing hat-tricks and Mister Dillon only found Doctor Foxtrot too good at Doncaster last month but we prefer KAYSERSBERG. Neil King's novice should enjoy the drop in distance after a couple of runs over 3m1f and looks well treated on his victory at Kempton in November.
Volador (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Held up in rear, jumped left 1st, headway on inside 9th, steadied next, ridden after 11th, soon struggling, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Howard's Legacy (11-7) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) gs in Feb.
Araldur (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway to mid-division when hit 6th, chased leaders approaching 2 out, ridden in 3rd and no impression before last, outpaced to 4th run-in, 4th of 18, 8l behind Master Of The Sea (10-11) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Feb.
Spanish Treasure (GER) 16-1 (11-12) Led, reached for 4th, hit 4 out, ridden and headed before mistake 2 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 12l behind Thunderstorm (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
Top Of The Range (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Kuilsriver (9-10) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Billy Merriott (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) In rear on outer, headway before 4 out, led 2 out, kept on well, won at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Ballylifen (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Cockney Trucker (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Patiently ridden and held up in mid-division, smooth headway approaching 2 out, chased winner between last two, upsides last, driven to narrow lead flat, no extra and headed in closing stages, 2nd of 11, nk behind Aaim To Prosper (10-8) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd.
Mister Dillon 13-2 (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway on outer before 4 out, every chance before 3 out ridden before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Doctor Foxtrot (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Arkose (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Master Of The Sea (10-11) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Feb.
Kaysersberg (FR) 4-1 (11-8) Chased leaders until lost place 7th, ridden next, rallied to modest 4th and hit 2 out, kept on flat, 4th of 8, 25l behind Cloudy Copper (11-8) at Kempton 3m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.
Winds And Waves (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) With leader, led 6th, headed 3 out, switched left after 2 out, led flat, ran on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb beating Koultas King (11-8) by 4l, 13 ran.
Greenlaw 8-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden and weakened before last, 8th of 11, 26l behind Hada Men (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Brilliant Barca 100-1 (10-10) Chased leading pair, ridden approaching 2 out, weakened approaching last, 7th of 15, 7l behind Baby Shine (11-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Feb.