This looks a bit more competitive than the races that Danimix has won recently. Buddy Bolero was fourth at Cheltenham when Hawkes Point was pulled up and should be thereabouts again while The Druids Nephew and Johns Spirit are closely matched on their run together at The Festival. No Planning arrives off the back of a win at Kelso but the jury is out as to whether he stays this far and SYDNEY PAGET will ensure a strong gallop. We're prepared to give Donald McCain's charge another chance as he was probably ridden too aggressively over a shorter trip at Haydock last time. Suited by soft ground, he may take some pegging back on this flat track.
Buddy Bolero (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Held up in touch on inside, not fluent 20th, chased leaders 4 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on under pressure flat, just failed for 3rd, 4th of 16, 20l behind Back In Focus (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gs in Mar.
Hawkes Point 20-1 (11-6) Mid-division, reminder 21st, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Back In Focus (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gs in Mar, 16 ran.
The Druids Nephew (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Pressed leader, not fluent 6th, led 9th, ridden and headed when hit 2 out, not much room last, one pace flat, 6th of 20, 15l behind Rajdhani Express (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) sft in Mar.
Sydney Paget (IRE) 5-1fav (11-2) Led, not fluent 9th, mistake 3 out, headed before next, no extra flat, 7th of 12, 7l behind Cedre Bleu (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.
Danimix (IRE) 13-8fav (11-5) Made all, dived at 4th, hit 12th, in command 3 out, clear when hit next, stayed on and always doing enough flat, driven out, won at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs beating Real Milan (10-12) by 3/4l, 3 ran.
Johns Spirit (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) In rear, headway before 4 out, went 4th before 2 out, went 3rd before last, kept on, 3rd of 18, 19l behind Battle Group (10-9) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd.
No Planning Evensfav (11-7) Pressed leader from 2nd, led 8th, ridden after 3 out, 2 lengths advantage when left well clear last, driven out flat, won at Kelso 2m 1f nov chs (4) sft in Mar beating Gris Lord (11-0) by 27l, 6 ran.
Fentara 10-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 9th, challed 4 out, every chance 2 out, one pace when blundered last, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Goulanes (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Netminder (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Led until 2nd, remained prominent, led again 8th, headed 11th, led again 13th, headed 3 out, weakened next, modest 4th, 4th of 10, 37l behind Do It For Dalkey (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.