Grandads Horse catches the eye here off a potentially lenient mark but he'll have to improve markedly from his reappearance behind MINELLA FORFITNESS at Aintree to turn the table on Nicky Henderson's fast-improving novice. He's been raised a further 9lb since that latest success but is eased in grade and can score again. Seventh Sky is holding his form well but continues to climb the weights while Mr Watson found the Coral Cup too competitive at Cheltenham and was pulled up. He's high enough in the weights now while Black Thunder, a faller in the Coral Cup, gets no respite from the handicapper. Mubrook hails from a yard in form and wasn't winning out of turn at Ayr last week. Craig Gallagher again takes off 7lb and he has each-way claims along with Ranjaan, who is now tried in blinkers.
Black Thunder (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 3 out, driven to chase leaders when fell next, in a race won by Medinas (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Mar, 28 ran.
Minella Forfitness (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Mid-division in touch, headway after 4 out, challenged going well next, led approaching last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs beating Clerk's Choice (10-9) by 1 1/2l, 21 ran.
Mr Watson (IRE) 18-1 (11-1) Chased leaders to before 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Medinas (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Mar, 28 ran.
Vendor (FR) 3-1 (10-7) Led, not fluent 1st, bad mistake and headed 4th, ridden 6th, outpaced when mistake 4 out, soon weakened, left 3rd last, 3rd of 6, 19l behind Conquisto (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nov chs (4) sft in Dec.
Barbatos (FR) 8-1 (10-5) In touch on outside, driven 3 out, kept on same pace, weakened last, 9th of 21, 22l behind Minella Forfitness (10-3) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Grandads Horse 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, lost place after 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 17th of 21, well behind Minella Forfitness (10-3) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Ranjaan (FR) 5-1fav (10-8) Mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 14th of 22, 24l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs.
Stopped Out 66-1 (11-0) With leader, led 3 out, headed next, beaten before last, one pace, 5th of 23, 13l behind Salubrious (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, effort when not clear run before last, no impression and well held after, 14th of 17, 20l behind Party Rock (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs.
Topolski (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Behind most of way and never in contention, tailed off, 9th of 18, 49l behind Oscara Dara (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan.
General Miller 20-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, reminder after 6th, ridden 3 out, weakened after next, 12th of 21, 32l behind Minella Forfitness (10-3) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
First In The Queue (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Mid-division, effort before 2 out on inner, kept on and no impression, 11th of 22, 21l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs.
Seventh Sky (GER) 9-2 (10-13) Tracked leader, led 6th, ridden and headed approaching last, rallied and every chance flat, held near finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Claret Cloak (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Old Tricks (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, pushed along after 5th, ridden 3 out, one pace and no impression in 5th before next, 5th of 8, 25l behind Decimus (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Mar.
Garynella (FR) 50-1 (10-5) Mid-division, weakened before 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Battle Group (10-9) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd, 18 ran.
Home Run (GER) 12-1 (9-10) Chased leaders to 3rd, soon lost place and in rear, 8th of 11, 24l behind Court Minstrel (10-8) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
Mubrook (USA) 13-2 (11-4) Led to 3rd, regained lead after 5th, pressed from 3 out, kept on gamely, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd beating Trucking Along (11-9) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Hudibras (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, hit 6th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Up To Something (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.