Houston Dynimo hasn't looked like winning in four subsequent starts since scoring at Worcester in September. By contrast, No Planning has been unlucky not to add to his tally after winning at Hexham as he's gone close again on a couple of occasions. SHADOWS LENGTHEN opened his account over fences with a clear-cut victory at Sedgefield in January and Mick Easterby's charge gets the nod to follow up on only his third start chasing as Craicneasy has cut little ice over fences so far and Gris Lord never figured on his chasing bow at Ayr. Hurdles winner King Kalium will need more on his debut over the larger obstacles.
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 10-3 (11-6) Tracked leader, mistake 8th, weakening when mistake 5 out, 3rd of 5, 19l behind Bene Lad (10-2) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
No Planning 15-8fav (11-8) In touch, led 4out, headed 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Mcmurrough (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Shadows Lengthen 2-1 (11-0) In touch in 4th, went 3rd from 4th, chased leader last, ridden to lead run-in, kept on to draw clear, won at Sedgefield 2m nov chs 0-125 (4) hvy in Jan beating Granville Island (11-0) by 7l, 5 ran.
Craicneasy (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, jumped right 1st, not fluent 11th (water), ridden and no impression after 14th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Maid In Moscow (10-0) at Perth 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in May '11, 9 ran.
Gris Lord (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Soon towards rear, plugged on from 4 out, never dangerous, 4th of 8, 26l behind Tap Night (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f nov chs (4) hvy in Feb.
King Kalium (IRE) 5-2fav (10-6) Towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Northern Acres (10-9) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.