Tony Martin and AP McCoy are a formidable partnership and Lord Of Tara will be supported to keep up the momentum. Twice runner-up in point-to-points, he could only plug on at one pace when occupying the same spot at Cork last time but his rider will ensure a strong gallop this time and he looks certain to be in the shake-up. The other Irish raider, Mister Nibbles, a winner at Down Royal in June, was undone by a slow pace in a better race back there last month and should be in the mix here while Yes Daddy won on his debut at Market Rasen but couldn't cope with Grade 2 company at Aintree. BRIJOMI QUEEN is the form pick here and gets the vote despite her long absence. She was an impressive winner on her racecourse debut at Kelso in February and the runner-up, Doyly Carte, has won twice over hurdles recently.
Mister Nibbles (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 4f out, ridden in 4th under 2f out, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, just held for 3rd, 4th of 9, 8l behind Apache Stronghold (11-4) at Down Royal 2m N H flat gd in Nov.
Yes Daddy (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, some headway when not much room on inside over 5f out, soon beaten, 17th of 19, well behind The New One (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Billy Thiss Beat All gelding out of Queens Stroller.
Brijomi Queen (IRE) 17-2 (10-5) Held up mid-division on outer, headway over 3f out to chase leaders, led over 2f out, kept on, won at Kelso 2m mrs N H flat (5) gs in Feb beating Doyly Carte (10-13) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Cairnsmore Eric Bollin Eric gelding out of Frosty Light.
Clondaw Flicka (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 10, 27l behind Baltimoar (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Frankie's Promise (IRE) Fruits Of Love gelding out of According To Molly.
Jokers And Rogues (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Ashfield Girl.
Lord Of Tara 9-10fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in pursuit of winner approaching final furlong, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Way Up In The Air (10-7) at Cork 2m N H flat hvy in Nov.
Sharivarry (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 4f out, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace approaching final furlong, 3rd of 14, 12l behind Clever Cookie (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Spitz (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inside, headway over 3f out, challenged and every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair final furlong, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Caledonia (10-11) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Bonnie Echo Overbury mare out of Sunday News'n'echo.
Ultra Special 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out until inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Rhymers Stone (10-13) at Ayr 1m 6f mdn nat hunt flat (6) sft in Nov.
Yon Dora And Beyond filly out of Senora D'or.