Indian Castle landed a maiden point-to-point last season before winning over hurdles at Newcastle and Perth. He looks a real chasing type but so does SEYMOUR ERIC, who made a very promising start over fences behind the potentially smart Smad Place at Exeter and will strip fitter here. He just gets the nod on this occasion. Karinga Dandy stays well and may improve now tackling the larger obstacles. Sue Smith's charge probably has a bit more scope than Attycran while ex-pointer Cotters Den may need this.
Attycran (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 11th until before 4 out, well held in 3rd from 3 out, not fluent next, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Mendip Express (10-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs.
Cottiers Den (IRE) 15-8 (11-0) Tracked leader, reminders before and not fluent 4th, mistake 10th, reminders before and after 8th, no chance with winner from 10th, pluggled on to hold 2nd place from 4 out, 2nd of 3, 30l behind Zaru (11-0) at Newcastle 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Jan.
Indian Castle (IRE) 1-3fav (11-5) Made all, often niggled along, reminders after 7th and before 9th, driven 3 out, stayed on, held on near finish, won at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Ballyben (10-13) by nk, 5 ran.
Karinga Dandy (IRE) 85-40 (9-9) With leader, ridden after 3 out and outpaced, kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Talkin Sence (10-1) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Seymour Eric 6-1 (11-3) Led until 8th, prominent, ridden after 3 out, 3rd and beaten when jumped right last, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Smad Place (11-3) at Exeter 3m nov chs (3) gs.