Or De Grugy loves it here and, though a couple of pounds higher than when only beaten a short-head over course and distance by Mister Marker last time, has leading claims again. Harris Hawk isn't badly handicapped but was a long way behind Fiddlers Reel at Wetherby and is now tried in blinkers. Kealigolane, Rockawango, Chavoy and Ros Castle all have something to prove after poor showings last time but FENTARA returned to form with a good second over a longer trip here last month. Mark Walford's mare can gain a deserved success today.
Kealigolane (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Led, blundered 7th, headed 10th, soon weakened, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Mister Philson (10-1) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar, 6 ran.
Fentara 12-1 (10-7) Held up behind in touch, chased leaders 4 out, challenged on outside 2 out, every chance in 3rd last, ridden and stayed on flat, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Scotswell (10-5) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar.
Rockawango (FR) 16-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, struggling 7th, lost touch next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Jet Master (11-10) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar, 7 ran.
Chavoy (FR) 33-1 (10-8) In rear, pushed along after 14th, soon weakened, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Wyck Hill (11-0) at Newcastle 4m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb, 16 ran.
Fiddlers Reel 7-2 (11-7) With leader, led 6th, clear from 13th, kept on well from last, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar beating Everaard (10-11) by 9l, 6 ran.
Wild Geese (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Pressed leader, blundered and lost 2nd 4 out, fading when fell next, in a race won by Raajih (11-1) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Sep, 10 ran.
Ros Castle (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, weakened before 6 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Shadows Lengthen (11-6) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar, 9 ran.
Or de Grugy (FR) 8-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, led before 4 out, pressed before 2 out, ridden run-in, caught close home, 2nd of 8, shd behind Mister Marker (11-7) at Kelso 2m 7f Am hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Harris Hawk 5-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, pushed along 10th, weakened before 4 out, stayed on to take poor 3rd near finish, 3rd of 6, 41l behind Fiddlers Reel (11-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.