Ohio Gold has gone close on a number of occasions and can probably be forgiven his run at The Festival, where he made an early blunder and was quickly pulled up. But SHOTAVODKA looks more progressive and is fancied to give the weight away to his three rivals having got off the mark at Huntingdon last time- an earlier second at Catterick is working out well. Ut Majeur Aulmes has won a bumper and a hurdle and should make a chaser but it will be a surprise if the moderate Tayarat gets involved.
Shotavodka (IRE) 4-11fav (11-0) Jumped left, made virtaully all, mistake 3rd, stumbled next, not fluent 7th, ridden and pressed flat, soon in command, clear towards finish, comfortably, won at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) sft in Feb beating Bellenos (11-7) by 7l, 5 ran.
Ohio Gold (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division when blundered 5th, soon lost place and behind, tailed off when pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Present View (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) gs, 19 ran.
Tayarat (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) In rear, reminders 3rd, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 9, 28l behind Regal D'estruval (10-10) at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gd.
Ut Majeur Aulmes (FR) 9-2 (11-10) Held up in mid-division, headway to 3rd soon after 3 out, weakened quickly before next, tailed off, 9th of 12, 50l behind Aldopicgros (10-7) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.