TOBY LERONE fell in the Grand Sefton at Aintree but was prominent at the time and it was only his fourth start over fences. Just 4lb higher than when scoring at Lingfield previously, Dan Skelton's novice could well pick up the winning thread again here. Ice 'N' Easy was very progressive last spring and could go well if fully wound-up while Arthur's Pass latest fourth at Doncaster was his best run for a while. Sergeant Dick has taken well to fences and was only beaten six lengths off today's mark at Newbury. He's preferred to King Edmund and Barlow of the others.
King Edmund 16-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, pushed along before 8th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, disputing poor 8th and no chance when blundered 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Lancetto (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Dec.
Shangani (USA) 11-1 (11-9) Mid-division, mistake and lost place 5th, behind when pulled up before 10th (bechers brook), in a race won by Rebel Rebellion (11-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Aegean Dawn 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge before 3 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Sausalito Sunrise (11-1) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Dec.
Arthur's Pass 16-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, weakened before 6 out, 4th of 7, 13l behind Off The Ground (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Dec.
Sergeant Dick (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Jumped right, led pushed along and joined 2 out, soon headed and driven, 2 lengths down and well held last, no chance with winner and dropped to 3rd final 125 yards, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Easter Day (11-0) at Newbury 2m 6f (3) gs in Nov.
Toby Lerone (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders until fell 8th, in a race won by Rebel Rebellion (11-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Barlow (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders, led 11th, hard pressed 4 out, headed next, rallied before last, no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Samingarry (10-13) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Ice 'n' Easy (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 8 out, led 3 out, clear before 2 out, soon ridden and edged left, kept on, won at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (4) sft in Apr beating Coole River (11-0) by 8l, 5 ran.
Mister Snowball (FR) 4-1fav (11-8) Disputed lead until not fluent 2nd, tracked leaders, lost place 12th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 8, 26l behind Plein Pouvoir (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.