Mister Wiseman has struggled from his revised weight after completing a Uttoxeter double last autumn and though O Crotaigh loves it around here he's another hit hard by the assessor after his two victories on this track at the turn of the year. Cool Operator has been climbing the weights without winning and Karingreason is 6lb higher than when scoring at Catterick in December. Frosted Grape is definitely well handicapped if anywhere near her best but she was in poor form when last seen in the autumn so it's MIDNIGHT SAIL who gets the nod as this once useful hurdler showed his best form for some time behind Time Out at Doncaster earlier this month.
Frosted Grape (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, some headway approaching 3 out, no impression, hampered last, never on terms, 7th when brought down last, in a race won by Swing Bill (11-1) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Nov, 13 ran.
Mister Wiseman 50-1 (10-3) Led, clear when mistake 6th, headed 10th, weakened next, tailed off 13th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Painter Man (9-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Feb, 13 ran.
Midnight Sail 85-40fav (10-10) In touch, chased winner before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Time Out (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
O Crotaigh (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Prominent, led before 2nd until 13th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Sound Accord (10-13) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy, 7 ran.
Cool Operator 7-2 (10-1) Hampered start, tracked leaders, in 3rd when pecked and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Dancing Art (10-6) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs, 6 ran.
Karingreason 9-2 (11-12) Held up last, went modest 4th at 8th, never on terms, 4th of 5, 15l behind Sycho Fred (10-0) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs.