RUBEN COTTER took a little while to warm to his task on his debut over fences at Doncaster but quickened right away from easy Catterick winner Vintage Star in the style of a decent novice and should have too much for Danimix, having his first start since winning at Worcester last July. Palace Jester also returns from a lengthy absence but was a decent staying hurdler when in the mood and makes more appeal than Midnight Whisper, who has shown little over timber but has won a point-to-point.
Danimix (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, hampered 5th, challenged 9th, led 11th, headed next, left in lead 13th, clear 3 out, easily, won at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in Jul beating Suburban Bay (11-0) by 18l, 9 ran.
Ruben Cotter (IRE) 85-40 (11-0) In touch in 4th, led 4 out, pressed until shaken up and quickened before last, ridden out, won at Doncaster 3m 2f nov chs (4) gd in Feb beating Vintage Star (11-7) by 8l, 6 ran.
Midnight Whisper 40-1 (11-3) In touch, lost place 5th, 9th of 14, well behind Shotavodka (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Palace Jester 14-1 (10-13) Towards rear of mid-division on inside, outpaced after 4 out, weakened next, 16th of 21, well behind Cape Tribulation (11-12) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Apr.