McMurrough, in first-time blinkers, is now 4lb lower than his last winning mark but has been below his best so far this term. Everaard's winning run came to an end at Market Rasen last month and he may be in the handicapper's grip now but Tartan Tiger is certainly worth a second look as he's improved for the step up to 3m and wasn't winning out of turn at Newcastle. Merry King has won at Leicester and Ffos Las since the turn of the year and Howizee is in decent form but ALL THAT REMAINS could now be ready to open his account under Rules following a recent second at Market Rasen. He's already won over 3m between the flags.
Merrydown (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway before 5 out, weakened from next, 8th of 10, well behind Cloudy Too (10-13) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Merry King (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Behind, headway after 3 out, weakened 2 out, 8th of 18, 26l behind Ambion Wood (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) gs in Mar.
Hawaii Klass 20-1 (10-5) Soon ridden along, in rear 2nd, tailed off 7th, pulled up after, in a race won by Hada Men (10-8) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd, 20 ran.
Knockando 12-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along 6th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Tenor Nivernais (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
All That Remains (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway before and not fluent 2 out, soon chased winner, one pace, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Dawn Commander (11-8) at Market Rasen 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
McMurrough (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders and hit 4 out, ridden before next, one pace, lost 4th near finish, 5th of 10, 19l behind Cloudy Too (10-13) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Everaard (USA) 15-2 (11-0) Chasing leaders at 4th, went 2nd briefly 6th, lost place 8th, behind and struggling next, tailed off, 7th of 9, 34l behind Vintage Star (11-0) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Higgs Boson 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened after 7th, 5th of 13, well behind Red Rocco (11-2) at Ayr 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Mar.
Howizee 4-1 (10-13) Held up, mistake 1st, in touch when not fluent next, not fluent 4th, ridden approaching 3 out, not fluent 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Malin Bay (10-11) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Shooting Times 16-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, took closer order 8th, ridden before 2 out, led before last, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Runswick Relax (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Tartan Tiger (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, keen hold, led approaching 2 out, soon strongly challenged, hard ridden, kept on well under pressure, won at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar beating Oscar Romeo (11-6) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Gleann Na Ndochais (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, weakened last, 6th of 13, 30l behind Tenor Nivernais (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Lewlaur Supreme (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Fell 1, in a race won by Sam McCoombe (11-0) at Overton 3m ptp gd in Mar, 4 ran.
Stormion (IRE) 13-8fav (11-3) Tracked leader, lost place after 6th, outpaced 3 out, ridden and no impression from next, 4th of 5, 19l behind Oh Right (9-10) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.