WOGAN is in the form of his life and is taken to see off Sa Suffit, Tatenen and Carlitos in a hotly disputed handicap. Nicky Henderson's ten-year-old has been in great form this year, winning twice since the turn of the year. As a result he has another 9lb rise to contend with but he gets on very well with Andrew Tinkler and the form of his latest Doncaster win looks solid. Edgbriar has also been in good form of late and is a player if lasting home over this longer trip, From Dawn To Dusk ran a blinder at Cheltenham last time and gets on very well with Richard Johnson, whilst Jaunty Flight is better than she was able to show in a bog at Haydock in January. Seven Is My Number and Tatenen are both talented, but over this trip the former is of more interest, whilst Sa Suffit is progressing well but his handicap mark of 150 may be a stumbling block. Au Courant has not quite gone on as hoped but his form has a solid feel to it, Carlitos won readily last time and is unexposed for his age, whilst Dom D'Orgeval looks to be enjoying his racing again and is far from discounted today. Ma Yahab and Never So Blue could bounce back for Venetia Williams, however along with Daldini they are all passed over in favour of Wogan.
Sa Suffit (FR) 4-7fav (11-2) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 13th, challenged 2 out, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well to go clear final 75 yards, won at Kelso 2m 6f chs (2) sft in Mar beating Will Be Done (11-8) by 6l, 5 ran.
Rare Bob (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, 2nd 6 out, improved to challenge 4 out, led before straight, ridden and headed after 3 out, no extra in 3rd before next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 33l behind Glencove Marina (11-2) at Navan 2m 4f chs Grade 3 hvy in Mar.
Tatenen (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, outpaced 3 out, 5th and under pressure when hampered and unseated rider after 2 out, in a race won by Chief Dan George (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar, 24 ran.
Seven Is My Number (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Held up behind, some headway under pressure 3 out, never able to challenge, 5th of 20, 16l behind Copper Bleu (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Jaunty Flight 8-1 (10-8) In rear, pushed along after 7th, behind when pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Our Vic (11-3) at Haydock 3m hcp chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
From Dawn To Dusk 20-1 (10-3) Mid-division on inside, headway approaching 3 out, 3rd when mistake and pecked 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winner flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 24, 2l behind Great Endeavour (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Wogan 5-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, headway from 9th, led approaching 11th, pressed when mistake 3 out, under pressure when not fluent 2 out, ridden and held on well last 100 yards, won at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar beating Killyglen (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Edgbriar (FR) 11-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 4 out, 4th and outpaced after 3 out, soon ridden, switched right and headway between last 2, stayed on under pressure to lead final 100 yards, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Mar beating Master Somerville (10-8) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Alderburn 10-1 (11-8) Led from 2nd, headed 7th, chased leaders, weakened 18th, 7th of 16, 37l behind Gidam Gidam (11-0) at Doncaster 4m hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Feb.
Offshore Account (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Always prominent, challenged 3 out, ridden last, one pace flat, 4th of 24, 6l behind Chief Dan George (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Au Courant (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 4th, pushed along 4 out, rallied to well held 3rd after last, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Big Fella Thanks (11-1) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Carlitos 11-4fav (11-4) Slightly hampered 1st, tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 8th, left in lead 11th, hit 4 out, headed next, regained lead 2 out, idled flat, ridden out, won at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar beating Wee Robbie (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Mister Quasimodo 25-1 (11-12) Went badly left and bumped 1st, held up, reminder 7th, headway approaching 4 out, soon inconvenienced by loose horse, no impression 2 out, 4th of 10, 14l behind Carlitos (11-4) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Ma Yahab 13-2fav (11-11) Held up in mid-division, chased leaders approaching 4 out, kept on on same pace, 4th of 16, 12l behind Himalayan Trail (11-7) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft.
Oodachee 50-1 (11-5) Pressed leader until 11th, losing place when hit 16th, soon weakened, 10th of 24, 48l behind BallaBriggs (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Am hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Mar.
Dom d'Orgeval (FR) 17-2 (10-10) Held up in touch, chased leader when jumped right 15th, lost 2nd before 5 out, hit 4 out, every chance from 2 out until no impression final 75 yards, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Burren Legend (10-0) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (2) sft in Mar.
Never So Blue (FR) 22-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th and reminders, hit next, weakened 13th, pulled before 4 out, tailed off, in a race won by Carrickmines (10-0) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Daldini 12-1 (11-2) Led to 10th, chased leader, ridden and lost place 3 out, no impression from next, 4th of 10, 21l behind Lease Lend (11-9) at Haydock 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Mar.