Offshore Account is bidding for a hat-trick in this contest and, despite his advancing years, is likely to make a bold bid again after a recent second between the flags. Paint The Clouds has won eight times under Rules and could be interesting on his first start in a hunter chase if fully wound-up but we'll taken a chance on the fitness of the former Paul Nicholls inmate PRINCE TOM. Alex Dunn has a good record with other trainers' cast-offs and Nick Williams is an accomplished amateur rider. Larks Lad is useful when in the mood and may be the pick of the remainder, though he's better on a sound surface.
Offshore Account (IRE) 5-4 (12-0) (cp) (tt) ap; led 13-3 out & 2 out til hdd last; no ex, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Arthurian Legend (12-0) at Vine & Craven 3m ptp sft in Feb.
Prince Tom 16-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden when hit 4 out and 3 out, no extra last, 5th of 18, 13l behind Storm Survivor (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun.
Johnny's Way 7-1 (12-7) (cp) w ldrs til wknd 15, 3rd of 6, 31l behind Coombe Hill (12-7) at Quantock Staghounds 3m ptp sft.
Larks Lad (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Mid-division, behind from 7th, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Thomas Crapper (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Seigneur Des Bois (FR) 3-1 (11-13) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd 4th until not fluent 9th, soon lost place, struggling in modest 6th after 4 out, rallied 2 out, kept on flat, 5th of 8, 7l behind Martys Mission (12-1) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (6) hvy in Feb.
Hudson Gunner (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) (cp) held up; hdwy to ld 15; stayed on wl, won at Burton 3m ptp gd in Feb beating My Alfie (12-0) by 4l, 15 ran.
Maurisca (FR) 15-8fav (11-8) Held up in rear, hit 1st, headway approaching 8th, pecked 12th, led approaching 2 out, hung left and jumped left thereafter, headed flat, one pace, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Fort View (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Apr '11.
Paint The Clouds 40-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, weakened before 5th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Salubrious (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) sft in Mar '13, 23 ran.