Victory Gunner returned to action with a win at Ffos Las three weeks ago and the veteran is not easily dismissed here. LOCKSTOWN is the speculative selection as he's open to further progress having won at Newcastle recently though he'll need to improve off a 7lb higher mark. Plenty of guesswork needed as regards the remainder as the likes of Glenwood Knight and Hennessy both have the past form to figure, but arrive badly out of sorts, while Morgan Be has every chance on earlier running with the selection but has failed to complete on his last two outings.
Glenwood Knight (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up in 3rd, tracked winner from 3rd until fell 11th, in a race won by Aiteen Thirtythree (11-7) at Newbury 3m nov chs (4) gs in Feb, 4 ran.
Etxalar (FR) 12-1 (11-0) With winner, weakened before 4 out, 8th of 16, well behind Power Pack Jack (10-0) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Hennessy (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, not fluent 11th, struggling 15th, behind after 18th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Galaxy Rock (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m 3f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs, 11 ran.
Bold Ransom (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Prominent, struggling after 16th, weakening when mistake 5 out, 10th of 14, 42l behind Burren Legend (10-0) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (2) sft in Mar '10.
Morgan Be 20-1 (11-5) In touch on inside, lost place after 5 out, weakening when mistake next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Court Red Handed (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft, 11 ran.
Lockstown 5-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 13th, outpaced after 5 out, headway and left 3rd before 2 out, ridden and switched left before last, ran on well to lead last 100 yards, won at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd beating Monsieur Jourdain (11-9) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
La Pantera Rosa (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Tracked winner, ridden to challenge 2 out, ,every chance last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Pak Jack (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Brooklyn Brownie (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Mid-division on outside, struggling 14th, soon behind, tailed off 4 out, 6th of 10, well behind Nikola (10-11) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
Victory Gunner (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Prominent, challenged approaching 6th, led before 10th, clear flat, stayed on gamely, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft beating Red Rouble (11-12) by 4l, 10 ran.