Trigger The Light won this last year and another bold bid is expected despite a 6lb higher mark. Mon Mome hasn't won since his 2009 Grand National success and continues to slide down the weights but Nodebateaboutit looked more like his old self when runner-up at Bangor last time. Blinkers replace cheekpieces on Pensnett Bay after his recent second at Towcester and he may figure but the vote goes to PETTIFOUR. The latter is rated much higher over hurdles and nearly took advantage of his lower mark over track and trip last time when headed close home by Rebeccas Choice.
Trigger The Light 40-1 (10-2) Mid-division, weakened after 5 out, 9th of 14, 41l behind Well Refreshed (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Pettifour (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Held up in touch, headway 4 out to chase leaders, led 2 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Rebeccas Choice (11-0) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Kaybeew 11-4fav (10-11) With leader, led approaching 7th, headed next, remained prominent, mistake 12th, soon lost place, behind 4 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Benheir (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Mon Mome (FR) 11-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 14th, soon lost place, 5th of 7, 23l behind Rebeccas Choice (11-0) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Ringa Bay 10-1 (10-13) Took keen hold, led, hit 5th, headed 6th, pressed leader, led again after 12th, hit next, headed and blundered 4 out, chased winner until approaching 3 out, driven and dropped to 4th approaching next, weakened flat, finished tired, 5th of 9, 19l behind Emperor's Choice (11-10) at Lingfield 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.
Nodebateaboutit 5-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, headway 13th, went 2nd 4 out, led next, headed 2 out, stayed on flat, held by winner, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Alderluck (11-5) at Bangor 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Top Dancer (FR) 28-1 (10-7) Held up behind leaders, hampered 9th, outpaced 3 out, no impression after, 4th of 6, 13l behind Safran De Cotte (10-11) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs 0-125 (4) hvy in Jan.
Cerium (FR) 20-1 (11-7) In touch in rear, ridden 13th, weakened 15th, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Soudain (10-11) at Market Rasen 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Pensnett Bay 4-1 (11-4) Led, not fluent 1st, jumped left 7th, not fluent next, went left 3 out, headed before next, no impression on winner last, 2nd of 10, 11l behind Speedy Bruere (11-7) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Bally Sands (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Close up in 5th, driven before 16th (water), stayed on same pace in 5th after 4 out, stayed on to modest 4th flat, gaining on 3rd, 4th of 10, 15l behind Goring One (10-9) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Feb.