The consistent Ballyoliver should run his usual game race although he's 9lb higher than his latest win and upped in class today. CAPE TRIBULATION makes more appeal back over fences as he can race of a 16lb lower mark having won a couple of hurdle races at the end of last season. Malcolm Jefferson's charge is also preferred to Mr Moonshine whose form has tapered off after a second over these fences in October and not much has gone right for Going Wrong since his earlier double at Sedgefield. Helpston fell after being hampered at Doncaster last time but has claims on his victory at Newcastle back in February and dual Scottish Grand National hero Merigo is not easily dismissed if back to his best. Junior has a huge burden to carry if taking part but has a first preference in the King George at Kempton today.
Junior 3-1 (11-12) Made all, ridden before 3 out, kept on well from last, won at Newcastle 3m listed hcp chs (1) hvy beating Benny Be Good (11-6) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Auroras Encore (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Jumped right, in rear, pulled up after 5th, in a race won by Bless The Wings (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Cape Tribulation 9-2 (11-4) Led, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 45l behind Tidal Bay (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hdl G2 (1) gs in Nov.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 9-2fav (11-12) Mid-division, headway on inner before 11th to chase leaders, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 16, 39l behind Court By Surprise (10-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs.
Helpston 12-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, in 5th when blundered and unseated rider 13th, in a race won by Court By Surprise (10-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs, 16 ran.
Going Wrong 14-1 (11-12) Always behind, soon pulled up, in a race won by Quartz De Thaix (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Nov, 11 ran.
Merigo (FR) 33-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, lost place before and mistake 11th, 9th of 11, well behind Quartz De Thaix (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Nov.
Zitenka (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked winner, ridden before 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 8, 39l behind Easter Meteor (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs.
Ballyoliver 4-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, steady headway from 5 out, every chance when not fluent 3 out, soon under pressure, kept on after last, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Harris Hawk (9-13) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.