Fredo hasn't fired this season and, like Loughalder, was well beaten over this course and distance in December. Bally Sands is weighted to reverse course running with Union Jack D'Ycy and goes well here while Trigger The Light is an interesting contender. It's almost a year since the veteran last appeared but he's won twice over course and distance in the past. ALDERLUCK has plenty of stamina and won off a higher mark at Bangor a year ago. Mikey Ennis knows how to get the best out of the 11-year-old and his 7lb claim could be invaluable here. Counting House doesn't win very often and is jumping fences late in life but it would be no surprise to see him run well.
Counting House (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Held up in last pair in touch, outpaced before 5 out, plugged on same pace from next, never near leaders, 4th of 7, 14l behind Samingarry (10-6) at Chepstow 3m (3) gs in Dec.
Union Jack D'ycy (FR) 7-4fav (11-6) Not fluent, close up when unseated rider 9th, in a race won by Herdsman (11-10) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy, 5 ran.
Trigger The Light 5-1 (11-12) Chased leading trio, went 3rd 11th, blundered 17th, lost 3rd 4 out, stayed on same pace in 4th from next, 4th of 10, 20l behind Bally Sands (9-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Alderluck (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, led briefly before 4 out, weakened before last, 5th of 8, 19l behind Pineau De Re (10-11) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Jan.
Fredo (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, never a factor, 11th of 13, 9l behind Tanks For That (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Estates Recovery (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Led early, chased leaders until halfway, 13th of 14, 38l behind Caulfields Venture (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Musical Wedge 12-1 (10-5) With leaders, pushed along before 16th, ridden after 5 out, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 9, 39l behind Flying Award (10-13) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Bally Sands (IRE) 4-1 (10-2) Prominent, led 8th, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Union Jack D'ycy (11-9) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Loughalder (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden 16th, weakened 5 out, 6th of 10, well behind Leg Iron (11-3) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.