Waldsee ran well on the Flat at Wolverhampton on Saturday but has yet to win over hurdles and Like Ice seems better over the larger obstacles nowadays. Emperor's Choice was still beaten a long way when third over C&D last time though he has plenty of scope for improvement and GALLEY SLAVE is just preferred. He looks to be running into form after a couple of placed efforts including a narrow margin defeat at Market Rasen last week and gets another chance here. Sam D'Oc won at Musselburgh last month but is hard to call as he was tailed off at this track on his latest start.
Waldsee (GER) 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 8th, weakened before 9th, tailed off, pulled up after 10th, in a race won by Master d'Or (11-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Like Ice 12-1 (10-13) Took keen hold, held up and off the pace, blundered 1st, disputing moderate 5th after 2 out, tailed off when went right last, 6th of 9, 43l behind Lady Karabaya (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Feb.
Emperor's Choice (IRE) 13-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, mistake 3 out, beaten when jumped left and mistake 2 out, 3rd of 14, 16l behind Changing Lanes (11-5) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Tinseltown 12-1 (11-8) Always towards rear, 14th of 16, 50l behind Velvet Vic (10-1) at Newcastle 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Galley Slave (IRE) 17-2 (10-11) Prominent, led 3rd until 5th and slightly lost place, outpaced 3 out, rallied on inside to chase winner approaching 2 out, kept on well closing stages, 2nd of 6, nk behind Endeavor (10-10) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Sam D'oc (FR) 5-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, struggling from 4th, tailed off halfway, 13th of 14, well behind Royal Entourage (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Feb.
Bach Street Girl (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Mid-division, under pressure 8th, soon beaten, 9th of 13, well behind Cilliseal (10-13) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Lindseyfield Lodge (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear on outer, weakened from 5th, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Marino Prince (10-8) at Catterick 2m sell hdl (5) gs.
Carlton Mac 66-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, lost place into mid-division before 5th, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 11, 34l behind Patavium (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan.