SCHINKEN OTTO threw one of his bad ones in at Doncaster last time but he's a different animal at this track and won for the sixth time over course and distance in January. Malcolm Jefferson's charge gets the nod back over these fences ahead of Overlaw, beaten only a head over track and trip last month. Emirate Isle separated a couple of woeful efforts with a win at Catterick but Molko Jack looks better handicapped on his placed efforts at the end of last year. Sleep In First plugged on for second at Newcastle last month but was still beaten 10 lengths and the assessor refuses to relent.
Schinken Otto (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Behind, soon in rear, tailed off before 5 out, last of 7, well behind Memorabilia (10-13) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Overlaw 22-1 (11-4) Led until 2nd, chased leader, led again after 4th, headed 9th, chased leaders, rallied 2 out, led again between last two, strongly pressed last, driven and stayed on flat, headed post, 2nd of 8, ns behind No Way Hozay (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Gavroche Gaugain (FR) 11-1 (10-8) In rear, blundered 8th, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 29l behind Sacre Toi (11-10) at Ayr 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb.
Emirate Isle 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, went 2nd 6th, weakened approaching 2 out where mistake, 4th of 6, 23l behind Saddle Pack (10-12) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Molko Jack (FR) 4-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced approaching 3 out, no impression after, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Anay Turge (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Sleep In First (FR) 2-1fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Vardas Supreme (11-5) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb.
Morning Time (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) In rear, headway before 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Be My Deputy (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Feb, 15 ran.