Divers was withdrawn on account of the soft ground at Cheltenham on Wednesday and connections will be casting an anxious eye towards the heavens. He's still in better form than stablemate De Boitron, who was soon toiling at Aintree last week though the latter could do better now upped in trip. Torphichen ran a fine race back over fences at Haydock when runner-up to Auroras Encore but again gave the impression this trip stretches his stamina and it would be no surprise if close-up third GANSEY reversed the form here on 1lb better terms. Sue Smith's 10-year-old is well handicapped at present. The handicapper appears to have The Panama Kid in his grip, however, while The Knoxs still has a bit to prove over fences and Woody Waller usually finds at least one too good. I Hear A Symphony can't be ignored after his fourth at Navan but isn't one to rely on.
Divers (FR) 8-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, closed to take 3rd when blundered 2 out, chased winner before next, driven and no impression when lost 2nd flat, no extra towards finish, lost 3rd post, 4th of 22, 11l behind Salut Flo (10-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Torphichen 11-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, driven to chase winner 2 out until flat, stayed on same pace, went 2nd again towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 7l behind Auroras Encore (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd.
The Panama Kid (IRE) 100-1 (11-9) Mid-division, lost place 10th, soon behind, 16th of 20, well behind Hunt Ball (12-0) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) gd in Mar.
The Knoxs (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Chased leaders, went 3rd 4 out, went 2nd and every chance next, ridden and weakened before 2 out, tailed off, last of 7, 31l behind Third Intention (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gs in Feb.
De Boitron (FR) 20-1 (10-6) Behind, mistake 2nd, struggling 8th, never dangerous, 10th of 13, well behind Edgardo Sol (11-0) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs.
I Hear A Symphony (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 5th and took keen hold, close 4th after 3 out, soon ridden, no extra from 2 out, 4th of 6, 9l behind Tranquil Sea (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f chs G2 (1) gd in Mar.
Woody Waller 8-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, outpaced before last(omitted 5 out), no impression, 5th of 8, 14l behind Ultimate (10-6) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Mar.
Natal (FR) 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and no impression from 4 out, 5th of 6, 26l behind Tranquil Sea (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f chs G2 (1) gd in Mar.
Gansey (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, headway after 11th, went 2nd flat, no impression, demoted to 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Auroras Encore (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd.
Allanard (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Tracked leading pair, led before 5 out, hard pressed next, headed after 3 out, soon ridden, no extra approaching last, 4th of 8, 8l behind Douglas Julian (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.