APACHE BLUE ran well enough on his chasing debut at Musselburgh when third behind Storm Prospect. He should improve for that experience and gets a tentative vote in a wide-open contest. Ginger's Lad won at Sedgefield last May and has finished in a place on four occasions since. He has to be included in calculations, along with Home She Goes, who produced a better effort when third here on only her second start over fences. Quintus has a chance on his third at Towcester back in October and Mad Professor is back over fences after finishing runner-up in a selling hurdle last month.
Life Long (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) In touch, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 36l behind Molly Round (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Argentia 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division in touch, tracked leading pair 6th, chased leader 4 out to next, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Round The Horn (11-7) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Apache Blue (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Mid-division, jumped left, closed 10th, not fluent 12th, left 3rd when hampered 3 out, closed on 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Storm Prospect (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Home She Goes (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Towards rear, jumped slowly 11th, blundered next, ridden 4 out, stayed on to go moderate 3rd after last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 11, 21l behind Duke Of Ormond (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (4) sft in Feb.
Simply Strong (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 4 out, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Antonius Caesar (11-3) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Jan.
Quintus (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Led, hit 10th, not fluent 12th or when headed 3 out, weakened 2 out, mistake last, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Normandy Landings (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Jan.
Muntami (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Tracked leader until jumped slowly 1st, tracked leading pair, mistake and pecked 10th, soon outpaced and no chance with front pair, tailed off, 3rd of 5, well behind Radium (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov chs (3) sft in Feb.
Cottam Grange 66-1 (10-9) Held up 5th and last, went 4th at 5th, lost touch with front trio 8th, last when hit 10th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Radium (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov chs (3) sft in Feb, 5 ran.
Ginger's Lad 13-2 (10-9) Held up towards rear and pulled hard, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, went 3rd after last, no impression, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Ice Image (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft in Feb.
Northwold 40-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, weakened after 7th, soon detached and struggling, 12th of 15, 25l behind Easement (11-9) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Feb.
Wheretheres A Will 200-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, weakened after 4 out, 13th of 14, well behind Raya Star (11-2) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Mad Professor (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Close up, reminders 4th, ridden 6th, outpaced next, headway approaching last, led narrowly flat, headed final strides, 2nd of 9, hd behind Brilliant (9-12) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Feb.