Drumbaloo held off the attentions of Cootehill to score over 3m here last month but the latter has subsequently gone close again over C&D and may turn the tables in this. Song Sung Blue has claims on his best form though he's hard to predict and KILCREA ASLA has failed to figure since suffering a narrow-margin defeat at Wincanton in February. Both recent runs came on fast ground, however, and dropped in class on a more suitable surface, he's taken to get his head in front. Sandown winner Cool Friend could prove best of the rest.
Song Sung Blue (IRE) 18-1 (10-6) Mid-division, jumped right from 7th, soon struggling, behind from 4 out, 8th of 13, 37l behind Edgardo Sol (11-0) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs.
Cootehill (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, challenged 4 out, led next, ridden 2 out, hit last, soon headed, held after, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Wessex King (11-3) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Cadoudalas (FR) 25-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, ridden and lost 2nd approaching 4 out, weakened next, 9th of 15, 36l behind Granville Island (11-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Drumbaloo (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Held up in 4th and behind, behind 10th, tailed off when left 3rd 4 out, went 2nd flat, not a hope with winner, tailed off, 2nd of 4, well behind Duke Of Lucca (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) gs.
The Rainbow Hunter 14-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 4th, effort and every chance on outside 3 out, ridden next, no extra approaching last, 4th of 11, 11l behind Hawaii Klass (11-0) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Tullow Boy 7-2 (11-5) Soon in last pair, losing touch when blundered 8th, behind and pulled up after 11th, in a race won by Roalco De Farges (11-5) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (3) gs, 6 ran.
Tatispout (FR) 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not much room 6th or 7th, led 8th until 9th, led again 10th, narrow lead when fell 4 out, in a race won by Cruchain (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m cnd hcp chs (0-135) (3) sft, 5 ran.
Cool Friend (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Held up, not fluent 1st, pushed along after 6th, not fluent 8th, left behind from 10th, went 4th 2 out, never any chance, 4th of 6, 32l behind Riguez Dancer (11-10) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Kilcrea Asla (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 8th, went 2nd before 4 out, not fluent next, no extra last, 4th of 15, 16l behind Sound Accord (10-4) at Haydock 2m 6f hcp chs (2) gd.
Darceys Dancer (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, stayed on flat, went 4th close home, never on terms, 4th of 7, 32l behind Hellfire Club (11-3) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Winchester Red 12-1 (10-9) Held up, took keen hold, saddle soon slipped forward, headway 2nd, led 4th until before 10th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Roi De Rose (11-9) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs, 8 ran.