Whatever Chicago Grey's fate in the previous race, Gordon Elliott should be on the mark here with RUSSIAN WAR. The eight-year-old has been put up 7lb for his win at Aintree nine days ago but idled once hitting the front that day and is clearly much improved this season. Cool Operator won easily over 2m1f at Carlisle in February and stay this longer trip while Bogside has proved himself to be a decent novice since the turn of the year and could be on a decent mark on his handicap debut. Attaglance has won at Market Rasen and Hexham this season but could find a couple of these too strong for him over this longer trip.
Russian War (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, pushed along 6th, headway before 2 out, led last, ridden flat, kept on well, won at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs beating Reindeer Dippin (9-12) by 1 1/4l, 22 ran.
Lackamon 9-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, pushed along and hit 7th, lost place 8th, 11th of 13, 50l behind Skippers Brig (11-11) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Cool Operator 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, ridden to lead before 3 out, stayed on well from last, eased close home, won at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) hvy in Feb beating Teenage Idol (11-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Arctic Wings (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Chased leaders until hit 5th, weakened before next, 14th of 24, 39l behind Alarazi (10-3) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gd in Mar.
Los Nadis (GER) 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, lost place and in rear from 5th, some headway from 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 20l behind Mad Moose (11-1) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Molly's Boy 16-1 (9-10) Towards rear, headway approaching straight, pushed along to go 4th before 2 out where mistake, soon no imprssion under pressure, 7th of 17, 7l behind Raz De Maree (9-9) at Cork 3m hcp hdl in Mar.
Attaglance 2-1fav (11-3) Made all, clear approaching last, stayed on strongly, eased near finish, won at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Below The Deck (10-4) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Cailin Na Ri (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, switched left approaching 2 out, every chance when hit last, kept on, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Pyracantha (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Bogside (IRE) 2-5fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, pulled hard, led approaching 2 out, clear last, eased close home, won at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Mar Ocean (10-13) by 7l, 13 ran.
Kilbrannish Hill (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, smooth headway 3 out, every chance last, soon led and strongly challenged, headed and no extra closing stages, 3rd of 15, 1/2l behind Moon Indigo (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.