Douchkirk had a subsequent winner behind when runner-up at Fontwell last time but today's testing ground is a worry for him. WILLIE HALL makes more appeal as he made the frame over a longer trip in heavy going here last time when Indigo Island finished three lengths behind in fifth. A good run from the winner Markem, who runs earlier on today's card, would boost confidence and he gets the nod. Fred Bojangals is tempting off a lower mark back over timber but he's another who would prefer a faster surface while Bonnie Burnett has a shout on her placed efforts at this time last year, though she arrives for this badly out of form.
Grand Vintage (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) In rear when field came into view after 5th, tailed off when came into view again briefly after 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 33l behind Maybe I Wont (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Douchkirk (FR) 8-1 (11-9) Led, hard driven when challenged 2 out, headed before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Osmosia (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Dec.
Bonnie Burnett (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Held up behind, outpaced 3 out, never near leaders, 9th of 12, 31l behind Allied Answer (11-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Indigo Island (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Pulled hard tracking leaders, ridden to challenge 2 out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 11, 7l behind Markem (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Fred Bojangals (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Led until after 2 out, soon rallied, weakened flat, 4th of 6, 18l behind Pamak D'airy (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
Willie Hall 4-1fav (10-8) Led, mistake 6th, driven when headed 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Markem (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Minden March 40-1 (9-7) Prominent, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 50l behind Top Billing (11-1) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.