There's no Always Waining this year but Peter Bowen runs the once-useful Gullible Gordon and course winner Sizing Santiago. Little Josh has a good record here and it would be no surprise to see Nigel Twiston-Davies' gelding bounce back to form while Walkon has a touch of class and has been dropped a couple of pounds since finishing fifth at Cheltenham. Pacha Du Polder won a valuable handicap at Newbury last month and Chance Du Roy is 2lb lower than when second in this race 12 months ago and could be ready to run a big race again. Ruby Walsh has chosen There's No Panic from four Paul Nicholls' entries and Venetia Williams saddles Renard and Newbury scorer Bennys Mist, though the latter's jumping will face a stiff examination over these fences. TARTAK has never had any problems in the jumping department and, after a couple of barren years, is now 19lb lower than his last win. He had a few of these behind when third at Cheltenham last month and should give supporters a run for their money at decent odds. At bigger prices, Gansey could also reward each-way support.
Pacha Du Polder (FR) 18-1 (11-0) With leader, led 4th, not fluent 5 out, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar beating Big Fella Thanks (11-12) by 5l, 11 ran.
Tranquil Sea (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, close 2nd 5 out, ridden from next, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 6, 28l behind Call The Police (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f chs hvy in Feb.
Little Josh (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Led, headed before 8th, quickly lost place and behind before 10th, 8th of 10, well behind Ballynagour (10-0) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Feb.
Walkon (FR) 14-1 (11-3) In touch on inside, outpaced after 4 out, kept on same pace under pressure from 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 22, 29l behind Carrickboy (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Chance Du Roy (FR) 28-1 (11-11) In touch in 5th, outpaced before 10th, plugged on from 2 out, went 4th from last, 4th of 10, 25l behind Ballynagour (10-0) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Feb.
Fistral Beach (IRE) 22-1 (11-4) In touch, went 3rd before 2 out, every chance last, kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 26, 6l behind Always Waining (10-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr '12.
Lambro (IRE) 10-11fav (11-0) Waited with towards rear, ridden into 4th from 3 out, 6th and no extra next, kept on same pace, 6th of 8, 30l behind Mount Benbulben (11-0) at Thurles 2m 2f chs 0-145 sft in Feb.
Hector's Choice (FR) 33-1 (10-13) In touch, outpaced 3 out, kept on same pace, weakened flat, 6th of 22, 32l behind Carrickboy (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Dunowen Point (IRE) 5-2fav (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 8, 28l behind Ballygarvey (10-1) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs (2) gs in Feb.
Last Time D'albain (FR) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway into 8th 3 out, ridden in 10th entering straight, stayed on to 4th last, kept on same pace run-in to go 3rd, 3rd of 28, 8l behind Colbert Station (10-11) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
Renard (FR) 25-1 (10-10) In touch on inside, lost place 9th, behind when hit 3 out (usual 4 out), weakened after next, 7th of 23, 26l behind Alderwood (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar.
Giorgio Quercus (FR) 40-1 (10-9) Mid-division, lost place 12th, soon behind, 9th of 22, 40l behind Carrickboy (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
There's No Panic (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Raced wide, held up in last pair, headway to 4th at 17th, went 3rd approaching 3 out, disputing 2nd next, went 2nd at the last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Soll (11-10) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar.
Bennys Mist (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) With leader, led 2nd, clear before 4 out, not fluent 2 out, unchallenged, won at Newbury 3m nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar beating Red Rouble (10-7) by 26l, 3 ran.
Triolo D'Alene (FR) 15-2 (10-5) Held up towards rear, moderate effort on outside when hit 17th, soon beaten, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Katenko (10-6) at Sandown 3m hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.
Criqtonic (FR) 2-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, switched left before challenging 3 out, led next, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb beating Sustainability (11-4) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Gus Macrae (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Chased leaders to 9th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out (usual 4 out), in a race won by Alderwood (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar, 23 ran.
Tartak (FR) 20-1 (10-3) Prominent, joined winner 7th, driven and lost place 4 out, soon outpaced, 4th and no impression when left 3rd last, 3rd of 22, 14l behind Carrickboy (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
State Benefit (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Close 5th, headway to chase leaders 6th, led 11th until soon after 3 out, lost 2nd 2 out, weakened between last 2, 5th of 10, 16l behind Prince Of Pirates (11-10) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Feb.
Dashing George (IRE) 7-1 (10-1) Mid-division, lost place before 10th, tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Ballynagour (10-0) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Feb, 10 ran.
Jamsie Hall (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) In rear, blundered and fell 4 out, in a race won by Swing Bill (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov, 14 ran.
Gonebeyondrecall (IRE) 11-4 (9-13) in a race won by Torphichen (10-13) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Sep, 7 ran.
Regal D'estruval (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Led until 4 out, chased winner, pushed along and lost 2nd approaching 2 out where mistake and weakened soon after, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Open Hearted (11-12) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Mar.
Gullible Gordon (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, slow and lost place 12th, towards rear and no chance after, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Katenko (10-6) at Sandown 3m hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.
Sizing Santiago (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) In touch on outside, not fluent and lost place 7th, behind from next, pulled up 11th, in a race won by Vino Griego (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Mister First (FR) 9-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 3 out, ridden into 3rd before 2 out, 2nd and no impression when slight mistake last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Hidden Crack (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-123) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Arctic Ben (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Jumped well, made all, pushed clear 4 out, idled run-in stayed on well and always doing enough, won at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar beating Larks Lad (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Montoya's Son (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden and went 3rd before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind The Chazer (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, held in 3rd when not much room inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3l behind The Fox's Decree (10-11) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.
Gansey (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Held up in touch, weakened from 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Cloudy Too (10-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Feb, 10 ran.