A tricky little handicap as several appear to have decent claims. Open Hearted probably needed the run when third on his chasing debut at Newbury and won't be fazed by the switch back to hurdles. He has a touch of class and makes more appeal than stablemate Minella Class. GOD'S OWN appreciated the step up in distance and good ground at Musselburgh and won with his head in his chest. This will be his first handicap but he looks fairly treated and can get the better of last month's course and distance Baby Shine. Tante Sissi has only had one run so far this term but has a chance on her best form while Massini Lotto won at Doncaster earlier this month and looks a better bet than Andhaar and the inconsistent Greenlaw.
Open Hearted 11-2 (11-0) Tracked winner until 3 out, hit 2 out, no extra when not fluent last, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Fago (11-4) at Newbury 2m 1f nov chs (4) sft in Jan.
Minella Class (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, no impression when went badly left 2 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Master Of The Sea (10-11) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Feb, 18 ran.
Baby Shine (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders just before last, strong run flat, led towards finish, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Feb beating Katkeau (11-1) by nk, 15 ran.
God's Own (IRE) 11-10fav (11-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd before 8th, went 2nd 3 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, kept on strongly, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Feb beating Cayman Islands (11-11) by 22l, 8 ran.
Andhaar 10-1 (11-7) In rear, pushed along before 7th, outpaced when not fluent 9th, soon behind, 5th of 8, 38l behind Cygnet (10-1) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Tante Sissi (FR) 4-1fav (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 5th, ridden before 2 out, every chance approaching last, no extra flat, 6th of 10, 9l behind Miss Milborne (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Regal D'estruval (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Led, jumped well, headed after 3 out, weakened quickly, 5th of 7, 30l behind Rivage D'Or (11-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f chs sft in Sep.
Massini Lotto (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Pulled hard and tended to jump left, tracked leading pair, went 2nd after 3 out, led 2 out, quickened last, hung left and kept on strongly flat, won at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Warden Hill (11-2) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Greenlaw 8-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden and weakened before last, 8th of 11, 26l behind Hada Men (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.