ABRAGANTE won for the first time in this sphere at Sedgefield 12 days ago. A formerly useful chaser, he's had his problems recently but looks back on track now and may well be capable of following up. Sacred Mountain boasts decent form in point-to-points but his record under Rules leaves plenty to be desired and more interesting is L'Oudon, runner-up at Catterick and Sedgefield in his last two starts. Special Portrait was third at Aintree earlier this month but looks held by the selection on a line through winner Aggie's Lad.
Special Portrait (IRE) 5-2 (11-10) Led, jumped big early, headed 4th, mostly tracked leader after, hit 3 out, no impression on winner 2 out, lost 2nd before last, 3rd of 7, 30l behind Aggie's Lad (11-6) at Aintree 3m 1f hts chs (5) gd.
Abragante (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, chased leaders when blundered 8th, went 2nd before 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 5f hts chs (6) gd beating Spellchecker (12-1) by 8l, 10 ran.
Beau Traveller 14-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, weakened from 10th, 4th of 6, well behind Divine Intavention (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hts chs (6) gf.
L'oudon (FR) 4-1 (11-9) Mid-division, went 2nd after 9th, challenged last, no extra last 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Sheknowsyouknow (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hts chs (6) gd.
Royal Man (FR) 14-1 (12-0) Some prog app 14; wknd aft nxt, 7th of 11, 46l behind Hold On Julio (12-0) at Alnwick 3m ptp sft in Mar.
Sacred Mountain (12-3) Ap; led 11; in comm 14, won at Aspatria 3m ptp gs beating Noir Et Vert (12-0) by 5l, 8 ran.
Floreana (GER) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake and lost place 14th, soon struggling, 7th of 10, 40l behind Commercial Express (11-5) at Perth 3m 2f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Kilbricken Rose (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) In tch to 15; to, 8th of 15, 41l behind Another Dark Rum (12-5) at Hexham Points 3m ptp gf.