Bumper winner Vivona Hill probably needed the run when sixth to Ballabriggs at Ayr at the end of January and should strip fitter here. But he may still struggle to get the better of TIGRE D'ARON, who idled in front when just getting the better of High Ransom on his UK debut. The second franked the form over this C&D next time and the French import should also appreciate this stiffer track. Flaygray showed very little on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen last month while Armedanddangerous might need the experience today and the others appear to have a mountain to climb on all known form.
Armedanddangerous (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Led, headed over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 9, 13l behind Turbolinas (10-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
First Gunner 50-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, chased winner halfway until over 4f out, weakened from 3f out, 5th of 7, 29l behind The Tracey Shuffle (11-10) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Flaygray 16-1 (11-2) Always rear division, no chance from 3 out, 10th of 14, 25l behind Risaala (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gd in Feb.
Foot The Bill 150-1 (11-2) In touch, mistake 6th, weakened next, 9th of 14, 23l behind Risaala (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gd in Feb.
Knockando 80-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 4 out, ridden before 3 out, in 5th and one pace 2 out, went 4th after last, plugged on, no impression, 4th of 11, 41l behind Jammia (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
No Way Hozay 40-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 9, 26l behind Turbolinas (10-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Silent Snow (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division and keen, weakened before 4 out, 6th of 11, well behind Jammia (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
The Bravetraveller (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Mostly 4th / 5th, prog to 3rd 3out, chall appr last, sow, won at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp gf in Apr '09 beating No Putter (12-0) by 4l, 12 ran.
The Dagda (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place before halfway, soon no impression, tailed off, 16th of 22, well behind Shop Dj (11-6) at Cork 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Apr.
Vivona Hill 16-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 17, 22l behind Ballabriggs (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Tigre D'aron (FR) 4-9fav (11-0) Made all, took keen hold, ridden approaching last, soon under pressure, just held on close home, won at Wetherby 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan beating High Ransom (10-7) by ns, 9 ran.
Princess Cherry (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) In touch on inside, lost place over 8f out, tailed off over 5f out, 12th of 14, well behind Sparkling Hand (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd in Oct.