Sun Tzu found Pamak D'Airy too good when sent off favourite at Wetherby last time but should be thereabouts again over this longer trip. Overbranch has shown signs of a return to form with a couple of placed efforts in heavy ground at Carlisle recently and is equally at home on today's faster surface, but so is PERSIAN PRINCE. The latter returned to action with a close-up second behind Tyrone House at Musselburgh in January and can go one better here dropping down a grade. Pacha D'Oudairies has yet to win over fences but has been in better form lately and first-time blinkers may help his cause.
Sun Tzu (IRE) 13-8 (11-0) Close up on inner, led 5 out, pushed along before 4 out, headed 3 out, blundered 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Pamak D'airy (11-5) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Quipe Me Posted (FR) 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, outpaced 5 out, weakening when hampered 3 out, 13th of 18, 47l behind Rimini (11-5) at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Dec.
Iona Days (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Prominent, every chance 4 out, soon ridden, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 9, 27l behind Anquetta (11-7) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 3-1fav (11-7) In touch towards rear, headway 5th, lost place after 11th, rallied 2 out, mistake last, one pace, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Handtheprizeover (11-2) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Feb.
Persian Prince (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) With leader and keen, led 7th, ridden after 4 out out, headed 3 out, kept on from last, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Tyrone House (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Jan.
Overbranch 9-4fav (10-9) Led, joined 10th, ridden and headed run-in, soon weakened, 2nd of 8, 15l behind Identity Parade (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) hvy in Feb.
Himrayn 20-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden before next, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 18l behind Wild Desert (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jan.
Roc De Guye (FR) 25-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 3rd, lost place after 5th, headway 9th, led approaching 11th, soon headed, weakened 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Handtheprizeover (11-2) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Feb, 9 ran.
Kercabellec (FR) 66-1 (9-7) Mid-division, lost place and behind from 7th, no danger after, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Duke Of Ormond (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (4) sft in Feb.