This should go to SPECIAL PORTRAIT, who has proved himself a useful performer in this sphere and followed his victory over 3m3f here with a cracking effort over a marathon trip at Cheltenham. Beau Traveller has shown some ability though has never won under Rules but the veteran Harry Flashman has had plenty of success over hurdles and fences and produced another good run at Hexham last month. It will be a surprise if any of the remainder are good enough.
Back On The Road (IRE) 6-1 (12-7) Chsd ldrs til outpcd app 2 out, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Coquet Head (12-0) at Lauderdale 3m ptp gs.
Special Portrait (IRE) 3-1fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, went 2nd last, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind Charles Bruce (11-3) at Cheltenham 4m 1f hts chs (4) gd.
Harry Flashman 10-3 (11-11) Jumped right at times, led, clear until 6th, ridden approaching last, headed flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Ocarina (11-7) at Hexham 3m 1f hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
Barr Head (IRE) 20-1 (12-5) (cp) trckd ldrs til wknd 13, 7th of 12, 39l behind Volo Mio (12-5) at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Beau Traveller 7-1 (11-7) Led until before 3rd, outpaced from 5 out, headway before 3 out, one pace, 4th of 15, 32l behind Show Public (11-9) at Hexham 3m 1f hts chs (6) gd.
Paddy Curry (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) Hdwy 4 out; chall 2 out; sn outpcd, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Amour Daria (12-0) at Lauderdale 3m ptp gs.
Sea Wall 7-4 (12-5) Prom til wknd aft 3 out, 5th of 9, 19l behind Coquet Head (12-0) at Lauderdale 3m ptp gs.
The Halfway Bar (IRE) 7-1 (12-5) Led to 5 & app 8 til hdd aft 3 out; sn outpcd, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Tommysteel (12-5) at Lauderdale 3m ptp gs.
Waterski 100-1 (11-5) Towards rear, weakened from 8th, tailed off and pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Special Portrait (11-13) at Perth 3m 2f hts chs (5) gs in Apr, 11 ran.