Alexander Oats is 3lb out of the handicap but Harry Challoner's claim takes care of that. He's only won once in 18 starts over fences but couldn't possibly get any lower in the weights and must have some sort of chance of doubling his tally. Forestside has won three times over hurdles but never over fences in 21 starts though he's another who has dropped to his lowest ever mark, which isn't surprising given his recent form. Baileys Concerto hasn't had much racing but has shown a bit of promise and that may be enough in a race of this quality though INDIGO ISLAND looks the one to be on. The locally trained five-year-old has only had two runs over fences and has run well enough in both recent starts to be handed the vote. Millers Reef's only success over fences came on very fast ground and he won't have those conditions today.
Baileys Concerto (IRE) 11-1 (10-2) In rear, headway before 2 out, outpaced before last, kept on run-in, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Granaruid (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Millers Reef (IRE) 7-2fav (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, no impression, 7th of 15, 27l behind Pierrers Bounty (11-9) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Double Whammy 12-1 (11-2) Chased leader, weakened after 3 out, soon tailed off, 8th of 15, 43l behind Pierrers Bounty (11-9) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Indigo Island (IRE) 15-2 (10-10) With leader, led 4 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Samtheman (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
I Know The Code (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Last pair, weakened 4 out, behind when blundered next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Cosway Spirit (10-10) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs, 7 ran.
Heart O Annandale (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) In rear, soon tracked leaders, went 3rd before 3 out, one pace and no impression, pulled up next, in a race won by Gibbstown (11-1) at Ayr 3m 1f cond hcp chs (5) hvy, 6 ran.
Pen Gwen (FR) 10-3 (10-13) In touch, dropped to last at 8th, soon behind, tailed off from 4 out, last of 5, well behind Milan Royale (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Mar '13.
Forestside (IRE) 9-2 (10-4) Chased leader, lost place 3rd, pushed along after 4th, driven in modest 4th before next, never on terms, tailed off, 4th of 6, 42l behind Hotgrove Boy (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Alexander Oats 5-1 (10-2) With leaders, weakened from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Whiskey Ridge (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Western Bound (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) Well in rear, left modest 4th and hampered 3 out, never on terms, tailed off, 4th of 6, 34l behind Solway Dornal (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Panthers Run 25-1 (9-9) Prominent, led 7th until 9th, weakened next, 4th of 5, 30l behind Tokyo Javilex (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.