Donald McCain has trained the winner of the last two renewals and Go Conquer looks set to make a bold bid this year despite disappointing at Bangor last time. He had scored easily over course and distance before that. But Aintree winner BALLYBOLLEY may prove too strong back at this level given he faced a much tougher task in Grade 3 company at Newbury last time. Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge gets the vote to returning to winning ways with the remainder having shown little over hurdles so far.
Ballybolley (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) In touch, weakening when hampered 2 out, tailed off, 15th of 23, 31l behind Violet Dancer (10-9) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft.
Go Conquer (IRE) 6-4fav (11-11) Led, ridden after 3 out, joined next, soon headed, weakened and lost 3 places flat, 5th of 16, 10l behind Fascino Rustico (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Diamond Fizz (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, weakening when went right next, 6th of 8, well behind Donna's Diamond (10-9) at Kelso 2m 6f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.
Glen Lea (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 1st, mistakes 2nd and 3rd, headway after 6th, lost touch before 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Arthurs Secret (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Present Flight (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, ridden and weakened after next, 6th of 11, 50l behind Three Faces West (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Salford Dream 3-1 (9-0) Led, reminders 6f out, headed over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 24l behind Carlanda (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan (flat).
Tomahawk Wood 14-1 (11-2) Took keen hold and held up in rear, no chance when hampered last, 7th of 12, 45l behind Lovely Job (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Beechroad Ally (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Pr, ld frm 3rd, 2l adv 1/2way, jnd 3out, hdd sn aftr, drpd to fair 3rd 2out, not qckn with ldrs apr last, ko onepcd, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Inchiquin High (11-11) at Borris House 3m ire ptp gs in Dec.
Russian Royale 40-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, well behind Endless Credit (11-0) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Spinning Away 150-1 (10-10) Led to 3rd, chased leader, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 13, 24l behind Endless Credit (11-0) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.