Solid Strike won a similar class race a year ago at Hexham and is back on the same mark. The Horsechesnut completed a double over fences last spring and all of his subsequent runs have been over hurdles. Laverock Lass jumped poorly when well beaten into third at Leicester while Gordon Elliott's ROBIN DEUZ POIS showed only moderate form when trained in the UK. However, the latter had a spin over hurdles in December and is on such a lowly mark over fences that he's handed the vote. Veauce De Sivola is only 2lb higher than when last successful though the main threat will probably come from Definite Wisdom, who scored with a bit in hand at Musselburgh and has only been raised 5lb. Rising Marienbard could find the ground too testing.
Definite Wisdom (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Raced keenly, held up in touch, went 2nd 8th, mistake 13th, led going well 4 out, ridden out flat, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp (4) sft in Feb beating Izzy's Champion (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Solid Strike 22-1 (11-10) Towards rear, bumped 6 out, soon outpaced, 5th of 9, dist behind Balgemmois (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Just Georgie 5-1 (11-3) Jumped slowly in rear, weakened 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, at Newcastle 2m 7f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Rising Marienbard (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, not fluent 7th, led before 3 out, headed after hurdle, plugged on, 7th of 13, 8 1/4l behind Teescomponentstrig (11-1) at Newcastle 3m hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 25-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, tracked leaders after 6th, outpaced after 2 out (usual 4 out), ridden and weakened on extended run-in, 5th of 8, dist behind Kings Eclipse (11-8) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Robin Deuz Pois (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) In rear, not fluent 2nd, last 4 out, some progress and bumped along entering straight, moderate 7th and not fluent on landing 2 out, kept on well run-in, never nearer, 5th of 12, 23 3/4l behind Se Mo Laoch (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hvy in Dec.
Leverock Lass (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, headway after 9th, well beaten before normal 2 out, went 3rd before omitted last, 3rd of 9, 31 1/4l behind Cavalry Scout (10-2) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp (4) hvy in Feb.
Sigurd (GER) 7-1 (11-0) Behind, mistake 5th, pushed along final circuit, plugged on into modest 4th after 3 out, never near leaders, 4th of 10, 14 1/2l behind The Dawn Man (10-10) at Wetherby 3m hcp (5) hvy in Mar.
Veauce De Sivola (FR) 12-1 (10-5) Held up, slightly hampered 13th, behind from 14th, 5th of 9, 27 1/4l behind Ask Paddy (11-12) at Sedgefield 3m 2f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Younoso 25-1 (10-0) Jumped slowly in rear, behind 11th, pulled up before 4 out, at Doncaster 3m hcp (4) gs in Feb.
The Horsechesnut (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Chased winner, mistake 6th, lost 2nd and hit 8th, went poor 2nd 3 out until weakened 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 9, dist behind Aniknam (10-9) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp (4) hvy in Mar.