Newdane Dancer is 3lb higher than when beaten at Catterick last time but has been in good form again lately and can't be ruled out. Too Cool To Fool has been alternating between hurdles and fences recently but was last of three over the larger obstacles last time while Markem's hat-trick bid at Wetherby came unstuck in spectacular style and he looks too high in the weights now. Our Boy Ben has struggled since winning at Hexham in November and Father Time may have caught up with Knight Valliant and Benmadigan, though both are nicely handicapped. NORTHERN OSCAR was pulled up on heavy going at Newcastle in January but his runs either side of that setback were decent and he must have some sort of chance in this.
Everdon Brook (IRE) 11-10fav (11-7) Close up in 5th place, hit 6th, pushed along and slightly outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, headway to chase leading pair 2 out, soon no impression, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Chargen (11-11) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Feb '13.
Our Boy Ben 10-1 (11-11) Held up mid-division, weakened from 2 out, 6th of 8, well behind Getabuzz (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Markem (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 11, well behind Captain Clayton (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, kept on and every chance last, no extra flat, 5th of 11, 4l behind Groomed (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Feb.
Bow School (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Prominent, led after 4 out, headed 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 10th of 16, 25l behind Total Assets (11-10) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Too Cool To Fool (IRE) 6-4 (10-12) Led, headed before 6th, led before 9th, headed 4 out, one pace from before 2 out, last of 3, 12l behind See Double You (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy.
I'll Be Frank 10-1 (10-10) With leaders, driven before 2 out, one pace between last, 5th and beaten when mistake last, 6th of 10, 22l behind Gulf Punch (11-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.
Funky Munky 16-1 (11-0) In rear, headway 4 out, kept on same pace from 2 out, never near leaders, 6th of 16, 16l behind Total Assets (11-10) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Newdane Dancer (IRE) 4-1fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on to take 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 16, 4l behind Patavium (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Bellorophon (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, blundered 7 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 12, 36l behind Barton Rose (12-2) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Knight Valliant 14-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, effort before 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 9, 8l behind Ancient Times (10-5) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Benmadigan (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Mid-division, hampered 6th, ridden after 4 out, chased leaders next, never on terms, weakened before last, 6th of 10, 29l behind Stitched In Time (10-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.