Pacco stays well but was found wanting off a career-high mark at Wetherby last month. Flight Leader carries a lot of weight considering he's still a maiden over fences, while Irish raider Ten Fires also looks to high enough in the handicap and has his stamina to prove over this marathon trip. Shakingd Hands should go well, however, having looked a shade unlucky when falling on his reappearance. David Pipe's seven-year-old was a ready winner over 3m2f at Warwick in January and Tom Scudamore prefers him to stablemate Peut Etre Sivola, who is a proven stayer. Vamizi, Ammunition, Bertie May and River Indus are all previous course winners but the one to beat may be RAISE YOU FIVE, who has been put up 8lb for a narrow win at Southwell but is very lightly raced and looks just the type to excel over this kind of distance.
Flintoff (USA) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ran in snatches, lost place 10th, soon tailed off, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Companero (11-0) at Newcastle 4m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Flight Leader (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Tracked winner to 3rd, dropped to rear next, struggling 10th, lost touch when left 3rd and last next, no chance after, tailed off, 3rd of 4, well behind Aiteen Thirtythree (11-7) at Newbury 3m nov chs (4) gs in Feb.
Ten Fires (GER) 9-2 (9-5) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 5th 7 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, under pressure in 7th entering straight, left 5th last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 16, 6l behind Carrigmartin (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Feb.
Kilbeggan Blade 18-1 (11-7) Led to 7th, remained in touch, reminders 10th, upsides 3 out, ridden and weakened after next, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Flying Squad (9-11) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Vamizi (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) In touch on outside, lost place 14th, weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up next, in a race won by Far More Serious (11-12) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Feb, 11 ran.
Shaking Hands (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Pressed leader, led approaching 11th, headed 16th, mistake 3 out, driven to regain lead approaching 2 out, stayed on well, won at Warwick 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Jan beating Digger Gets Lucky (11-9) by 10l, 12 ran.
Drybrook Bedouin 12-1 (10-12) Well off the pace in rear, hit 7th, ridden along from 11th, headway and blundered 18th, stayed on from 4 out, went 5th before 2 out, stayed on flat to snatch 4th close home, 4th of 10, 15l behind Dashing George (11-7) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Pacco (FR) 10-3fav (11-7) Held up in rear, blundered 5 out, headway before 4 out, ridden before 3 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 7, 10l behind Pak Jack (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Raise You Five (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division in touch, not fluent 13th, headway on outside 5 out, challenged after next, led narrowly 3 out, soon hard pressed, ridden and held on under pressure flat, won at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan beating Pliny (11-2) by nk, 9 ran.
Cowboyboots (IRE) 8-13 (12-7) Drpd rr 8; rdn 16; chsd wnr 18; wknd 3 out, 2nd of 4, 25l behind Commander Vic (12-7) at Barbury Racecourse 3m 6f ptp gs in Apr.
Peut Etre Sivola (FR) 8-1 (10-10) Held up, bumped 1st, ridden and weakened after 17th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Cornish Sett (11-6) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Ammunition (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Jumped right, prominent, mistake and rider lost iron briefly 8th, fell 4 out, in a race won by Bobby Gee (11-0) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Its A Classic 7-2 (11-5) Held up in last pair, smooth headway to track leader when mistake 4 out, hit next, joined leader and going strongly when brought down 2 out, in a race won by Portrait Royale (9-9) at Plumpton 3m 2f 5yo Am hcp 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar '10, 5 ran.
Bertie May 9-2 (10-7) Always in rear, slow 7th, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by As De Fer (11-1) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Cashel Blue (USA) 8-1 (11-1) Led and clear to 12th, headed 3 out, soon ridden, rallied last, kept on under pressure flat, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Double Dizzy (11-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
River Indus 9-1 (10-1) Chased leading trio, mistake and lost 4th at 13th, weakened 18th, tailed off, 6th of 10, 26l behind Dashing George (11-7) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Abbey Dore (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 12th, under pressure next, never on terms, 5th of 10, 49l behind Rudinero (10-0) at Taunton 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.