SPECIAL PORTRAIT produced a very game display to complete his four-timer at Cheltenham last May and though unraced subsequently he'll have been out hunting and should be fit enough. Cottage Oak has no fitness concerns having scored twice between the flags recently while Penmore Hill has a cracking record between the flags and hails from a yard adept at winning races in this sphere. Sacred Mountain is a prolific point-to-point winner who ran very well when last seen under Rules on this track in February while Supreme Plan has a little bit more scope than most of these having won a novices' event at Catterick last March.
Benefit Night (IRE) 13-2 (10-4) Led, narrowly headed before 2 out, left with chance as winner hit last, hung left and head high under pressure soon after, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Triggerman (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Apr '11.
Cottage Oak (IRE) 5-2 (12-7) Ap; led by-passing 12; comf, won at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp hvy in Dec beating Dammam (12-7) by 6l, 12 ran.
Granaruid (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, pulled up entering straight, in a race won by Realt Den Chathair (11-10) at Clonmel 3m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+) gf in Sep, 18 ran.
Special Portrait (IRE) 5-2 (12-1) Mid-division, not fluent 8th, headway after 17th, challenged 20th, led next, headed before 4 out, led again flat, stayed on, won at Cheltenham 4m 1f hts chs (4) sft in May beating Crank Hill (11-3) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Tartan Snow 16-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, reminders and pushed along before 4 out, soon lost place, 5th of 8, 21l behind Locked Inthepocket (10-7) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in May.
Supreme Plan (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Mid-division, chased leaders after 10th, challenged on bit before last, soon led, stayed on well, won at Catterick 3m 1f nov hts chs (6) gs in Mar beating Monogram (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Coole Murphy (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Badly hampered and rider lost iron briefly 1st, in touch from 3rd, not fluent 6th or 3 out, weakened final 250 yards, 5th of 10, 21l behind Highland Cathedral (11-7) at Kelso 3m 1f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Penmore Mill (IRE) 1-2 (12-3) won at Mollington 3m ptp gs in May beating Boychuk (12-3) by 12l, 5 ran.
Sacred Mountain 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 3rd before last, chased winner flat, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Doc Row (11-7) at Kelso 3m 1f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Waterski 20-1 (9-7) Held up on outside, jumped slowly 4th and 5th, soon behind, pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Tipsy Dara (11-2) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Apr, 10 ran.
Cherry's Bay 2-1 (11-12) won at Hexham Points 3m ptp sft in May beating Missing You (12-5) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.