Whiskey Ridge has an 8lb rise in the weights to contend with and is upped in class after scoring over track and trip last time. Stablemate Baltic Pathfinder also won over these fences in January and has gone close off a higher mark since. Mitchell's Way won an all-weather bumper at Southwell recently but was well beaten in both previous starts over fences and Whats Up Woody has failed to figure since making the frame over course and distance at this time last year. BALLYMOAT struggled in better company at Cheltenham last time but this is more his grade. Tim Vaughan's charge gets the nod on his earlier second to the progressive Cloudy Joker at Musselburgh.
Mitchell's Way 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, challenged going well over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Southwell 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb beating Sin Bin (11-2) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Whats Up Woody (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) In touch, led briefly after 3rd, tracked leader, lost place 4 out, soon ridden, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 7, 33l behind Chicklemix (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
See What Happens (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Held up in rear, headway and in touch, 5 out, chased leaders next, soon one pace, stayed on to press for 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 4th of 8, 14l behind Swing Hard (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Ballymoat 14-1 (10-8) Not always fluent towards rear, blundered badly 8th and rider lost iron briefly, mistake 10th, hampered and well beaten 4 out, 14th of 16, well behind King Massini (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gd in Dec.
Work Boy 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway after 6th, challenged 9th, led after 11th, headed approaching last, soon led again, driven out, won at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct '11 beating Daldini (10-3) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Baltic Pathfinder (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) In touch, headway before 4 out, went 4th 2 out, kept on to take 2nd run-in, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Etxalar (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Whiskey Ridge (IRE) 4-1fav (11-8) Made all, kept on under pressure from last, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb beating Sam Patch (9-11) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Mister Wiseman 14-1 (10-13) Prominent, every chance 4 out, no impression on front pair from after 2 out, one pace, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Jeanry (11-5) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.