BALLY SANDS won this 12 months ago and is 2lb lower. He looks to be returning to form at just the right time as he split Loughalder and Union Jack D'Ycy over track and trip last month and is better off with both taking into account Robbie Dunne's claim. Dark Glacier easily beat the selection at Uttoxeter in December but hasn't reproduced that form off higher mark since but Fourovakind enters calculations after an improved third at Chepstow as he's still unexposed. High Ron reserves his best for Southwell, however, while Trigger The Light clearly isn't the force of old. Jaunty Journey is well handicapped nowadays but has become unreliable.
Union Jack D'ycy (FR) 7-2 (11-12) With leader, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Loughalder (10-2) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Fourovakind 5-1 (11-4) Held up, headway after 5th, ridden 4 out, 3rd and one pace approaching 2 out, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Woodford County (10-13) at Chepstow 3m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy in Feb.
Winds And Waves (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division, struggling and towards rear 9th, mistake next, rallied to poor 6th 2 out, 6th of 11, 24l behind Restless Harry (11-5) at Newbury 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Trigger The Light 10-1 (11-12) Towards rear, headway before 8 out, weakened before 5 out, pulled up, in a race won by Loughalder (10-2) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 15-2 (10-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th until 12th, chased leaders, driven along after 14th, outpaced before next, went modest 4th 3 out, 4th of 7, 20l behind Dare To Endeavour (11-1) at Exeter 3m (3) sft in Feb.
Leg Iron (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway to go 3rd before 9th, staying on in 4th when fell 4 out, in a race won by Reblis (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Fredo (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway before 7 out to chase leaders, blundered 6 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 27l behind Loughalder (10-2) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
High Ron 10-3 (11-7) Raced wide, chased leader until 4th, not fluent 7th, lost place when not fluent 9th, well behind from next, 4th of 6, 46l behind Freckle Face (11-5) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Loughalder (IRE) 13-2 (10-2) In rear, headway before 5th, ridden before 2 out, led last, kept on, won at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb beating Bally Sands (10-0) by 7l, 9 ran.
Jaunty Journey 9-2 (10-0) Led, headed 2nd, tracked leader, joined leader 4 out, ridden to chase winner next, plugged on one pace, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Alpha Victor (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.
Bally Sands (IRE) 5-2fav (10-0) Led, blundered 13th, clear before 2 out, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Loughalder (10-2) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Handsome Buddy (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) In touch, mistake 11th, ridden and one pace after 4 out, weakened last, 4th of 9, 26l behind Carli King (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.