Several course specialists face the starter in this but it's hard to have much faith in Bishophill Jack or Jolly Boys Outing at present and Classic Case and Quayside Court lack a recent run. Royaume Bleu should give a good account, however, despite top weight and Doubletoilntrouble will probably be thereabouts again. COSWAY SPIRIT kept finding more to see off Witch's Hat over track and trip 11 days ago. That was only his second start over fences so there should be more to come and Ben Pauling's charge can double his tally off an 8lb higher mark as Basford Ben is treading water off his current rating.
Royaume Bleu (FR) 3-1fav (10-9) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, pushed along after 5th, blundered and unseated rider 9th, in a race won by Strange Bird (10-0) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Basford Ben 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, challenged after 9th, no impression on winner 2 out, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Emma Soda (10-9) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft.
Doubletoilntrouble (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Prominent, jumped slowly 1st and 2nd, soon lost place, not fluent 7th, behind from 8th, left 2nd last, 2nd of 6, 23l behind Divine Intavention (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Raced wide, held up tracking leaders, pushed along and outpaced before 16th, no chance after, 5th of 6, 30l behind Handsome Buddy (10-13) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Classic Case (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led 3rd, jumped left 5th, headed next, led again after 7th, driven out, won at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Nov beating Endofdiscusion (11-12) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Ultra Klass (FR) 8-1 (10-13) Held up tracking leaders, outpaced and not on terms from 7th, blundered 10th, struggling 12th, tailed off when jumped slowly 4 out, lost poor 4th run-in, last of 5, 42l behind Fredo (11-11) at Sandown 2m 4f 5yo Am hcp 0-115 (4) sft.
Trifollet 12-1 (11-1) Towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 10, 45l behind Long Wave (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Cosway Spirit (IRE) 3-1 (10-10) Went right and bumped 1st, led and disputed, led narrowly 4th until 11th, pressed leader, led again soon after 2 out, went right last, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs beating Witch's Hat (10-13) by 6l, 7 ran.
Jolly Boys Outing (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 11th, struggling 13th, well beaten before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Mansonien L'as (10-13) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Zelos Diktator 33-1 (10-3) Always towards rear, tailed off before 3 out, 9th of 14, 33l behind Drombeg West (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Quayside Court (IRE) 6-4fav (9-11) Held up behind leaders, not fluent 2nd, headway 8th, challenged next, led 15th, clear 2 out (normal 3 out), driven out, won at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec beating Bennys Well (11-2) by 4l, 7 ran.
Overton Lad 7-1 (10-0) Behind, reminder 11th, soon struggling, tailed off 4 out, remote 4th when pulled up before last, in a race won by Phoenix Des Mottes (9-9) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Dec, 8 ran.