OSCAR TIME, second in the 2011 Grand National and fourth in the Aintree showpiece last year, should have too much class for these, despite his advancing years. He showed he was no back number between the flags nine days ago, winning by five lengths on the bridle. Dante's Storm was last seen under Rules when falling in the 2013 Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham but he's another who brings recent winning form from point-to-points to the table and is preferred to close-up Bangor second Bermuda Boy. Maurisca and Windy Arbour may find this company too hot.
Bermuda Boy (FR) 4-1 (11-13) Held up, headway after 3 out, ridden to lead 2 out, headed narrowly last, driven and held close home, 2nd of 9, hd behind Temple Grandin (11-11) at Bangor 3m nov hts chs (6) gd.
Dante's Storm 2-5 (12-7) (tt) made all; comf, won at Hampshire 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Peyekashe (12-7) by 3l, 9 ran.
Maurisca (FR) 16-1 (10-13) In touch on outside, 4th and driven when fell 3 out, in a race won by Ockey De Neulliac (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f (5) gs in Apr, 13 ran.
Oscar Time (IRE) Evens (12-0) Qcknd to ld 13; rdly, won at Warwickshire 3m ptp gd beating Mister Teddy (12-0) by 5l, 5 ran.
Windy Arbour 5-1 (12-0) Gd hdwy 4 out; one pce 2 out, 3rd of 8, 6l behind We Never Give Up (11-7) at North Staffordshire 3m ptp gf in Apr.