With his main rivals failing to complete, Dreamy George was left with an easy task of landing the odds at Fakenham last time. But this will prove a tougher test given My Idea won over these fences last month and Diocles was an impressive winner at Catterick on his penultimate start. Deciding Moment scored at Wincanton before finding life more difficult off a higher mark at Newbury. He could still figure in this, but the vote goes to ALDERBROOK LAD. Micky Hammond's charge couldn't prevent Bincombe from landing a double at Haydock last month but finished well clear of the third and a similar effort should see him come out best today.
Diocles (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Held up in touch, dropped to rear 5th, ridden 13th, mistake next, soon weakened, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Pinerolo (10-8) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.
Green Wizard (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Tracked winner, driven 5 out, lost place 3 out, weakened before last, 7th of 10, 21l behind Bold Chief (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m (3) gs in Mar.
Dreamy George (IRE) 4-6fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 4th, left a fence clear 14th, eased flat, won at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) gd in Mar beating Misty Mornin (10-7) by well, 5 ran.
Alderbrook Lad (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Led, headed 2 out, ridden after last, kept on and held, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Bincombe (10-9) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Mar.
Deciding Moment (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway approaching 5 out, pressing leaders 2 out, no extra final 100 yards, 6th of 10, 8l behind Doctor Foxtrot (11-2) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
See What Happens (IRE) 4-1fav (11-11) Held up in touch, lost place 5th, closed after 7th, bad mistake 10th, given time to recover, headway after 13th, challenging when fell last (normal 2 out), in a race won by Mitchell's Way (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar, 8 ran.
My Idea 9-2 (10-8) Towards rear, headway after 5 out to chase leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 4 out, kept on to lead close home, won at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar beating Foundation Man (11-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Rory's Brother (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Mid-division, progress into 5th 3 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 16, 19l behind Tooreen (11-8) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.