RIVER PURPLE attempts to shrug off a penalty for last week's victory over a shorter trip here. John Mackie's charge looks to have every chance of doing so given the runner-up Trouble In Paris was beaten over four lengths with Yukon Delta and Miss Sunflower further behind. Hero's Call looks a bigger threat on better terms with the selection for a seven length defeat at Uttoxeter in December while Sir Lynx can get involved if reproducing his earlier second to Dashing George in a higher grade at Fakenham.
Sir Lynx (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, not always fluent, lost place from 3rd, ridden and lost touch 11th, 6th of 12, well behind Lord Fox (10-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Manogue Supreme (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Jumped left at times, in touch in rear, ridden 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 6l behind Lord Fox (11-1) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
River Purple 10-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 5 out, mistake 3 out, led 2 out, edged left run-in, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs beating Trouble In Paris (10-0) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Yukon Delta (IRE) 11-4fav (10-8) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, one pace, 3rd of 11, 12l behind River Purple (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Ballyreesode (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Prominent, took keen hold, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 9, 41l behind Be Bop Boru (11-0) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Hero's Call 33-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway approaching 11th, went 2nd last, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 7l behind River Purple (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Trouble In Paris (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed when mistake 2 out, no extra, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind River Purple (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Miss Sunflower 33-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, outpaced from 5 out, never dangerous, 5th of 11, 30l behind River Purple (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Wheelavher 100-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, behind 8th, tailed off 12, last of 5, well behind Pantxoa (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) gd.