Overturn had his spirit broken by Simonsig at Cheltenham and ended up well beaten. He is probably capable of bouncing back, especially on this better ground, but the eventual second in the Arkle, BAILY GREEN, can go one better here. Mouse Morris' charge has now been placed twice at this level and is clearly a smart novice with scope for further improvement. Alderwood won the Grand Annual but was well handicapped and seems to reserve his best for Cheltenham while Sire De Grugy probably faces his stiffest task to date over fences, though his second to Captain Conan at Cheltenham in November was boosted by the winner here on Thursday. The remainder appear to have a lot find off level weights.
Alderwood (IRE) 3-1fav (10-11) Mid-division on inside, headway 11th, went 2nd after 2 out (usual 3 out), soon challenged, led narrowly approaching bypassed last, asserted clear towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar beating Kid Cassidy (10-11) by 3 1/2l, 23 ran.
Baily Green (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Not fluent 2nd, held up in 4th, tracked leading pair 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, 2 lengths down last, ridden and kept on under pressure flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Simonsig (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs G1 (1) sft in Mar.
Marshal Zhukov (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Mistake 1st, mid-division when brought down 4th, in a race won by Alderwood (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar, 23 ran.
Overturn (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Led, joined when blundered 3 out, soon ridden and headed, weakened next, 4th of 7, 31l behind Simonsig (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs G1 (1) sft in Mar.
Sire De Grugy (FR) 4-6fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, smooth headway to lead when mistake 3 out, shaken up between last 2, driven out flat, kept on, won at Lingfield 2m nov chs (4) hvy in Nov beating Cantlow (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Special Tiara 10-1 (11-9) Led, joined after 2 out and headed entering straight, dropped to rear last and soon no extra, 5th of 6, 26l behind Savello (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs gs in Mar.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, slightly hampered 6th, headway approaching 4 out, staying on flat but no impression on leaders when short of room last strides, 5th of 17, 9l behind Oiseau de Nuit (11-8) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd.