Overton Lad beat today's rival Feeling Peckish in this in 2009 and was second in the race in 2010. But the 11-year-old was tailed off last year and seems to reserve his best for Towcester nowadays. KILCASCAN appeared to show improved form at Uttoxeter last time, beating Thirty Two Red by six lengths. That margin would have been greater had he not hit the last and the placings should be confirmed here. Rosemary Glasson's charge is preferred to Wincanton runner-up Dunkelly Castle, though the latter is in better form than Magical Treasure and will probably be more race-fit than top weight Pacha D'Oudairies.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 10-3 (11-7) Made all, ridden approaching 3 out, held on gamely, won at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp ch 0-95 (5) sft in Jun beating The Clyda Rover (10-13) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Magical Treasure 13-2 (11-7) Prominent, not always fluent, mistake 5th, weakening when mistake 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 12, 45l behind Giveitachance (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Dunkelly Castle (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd from 14th, led 5 out, ridden before 3 out, headed before 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 9, 18l behind Desperate Dex (11-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Kilcascan 7-2 (10-9) Tracked leader, led 10th, clear 2 out, mistake last, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct beating Thirtytwo Red (9-10) by 6l, 7 ran.
Overton Lad 14-1 (11-2) Pressed leader, reminder after 6th, lost place 9th, tailed off 14th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Royale Knight (11-4) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Oct, 16 ran.
Get Ready To Go (IRE) 3-1fav (10-0) Raced keenly, led, headed 8th, chased leaders, driven along in 4th and outpaced after 16th, no chance after, tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind Epee Celeste (11-11) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Feeling Peckish (USA) 16-1 (9-11) Prominent, led 6th, headed before next, led 12th until 13th, weakened 2 out, 5th of 11, 11l behind Changing Lanes (11-5) at Ludlow 3m am hcp ch 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Thirtytwo Red (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Led 1st until after next, chased leader, left 2nd at 6th, led 5 out, ridden before last, headed and not pace of winner flat, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Royal Mile (9-13) at Chepstow 3m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Oct.