Ben Akram reversed Newcastle running with Dingo Bay when scoring at Musselburgh last time but may find this a bit more competitive and is 5lb higher. Presenting Junior hasn't raced since falling at Carlisle in October but the good ground is in his favour while Indigo Island should have learned plenty from his third at Catterick. SAMTHEMAN ran his best race so far over fences when second to Solway Dornal, who runs in the opener, over track and trip last time. He should go close off the same mark in this as neither of John Wade's pair, Roseville Cottage and Runswick Days, have shown much to date.
Ben Akram (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Held up in touch behind leaders, closed on outside from 9th, led 3 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb beating Dingo Bay (11-5) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Gleann Na Ndochais (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) In touch on outside, lost place after 5 out, left moderate 4th briefly 3 out, no chance with leaders, 5th of 7, 31l behind Edmund (10-6) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Presenting Junior (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Mid-division, in 5th when fell 9 out, in a race won by Tutchec (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct, 8 ran.
Roseville Cottage (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Led or disputed lead, ridden and lost place 4 out, weakened from next, 8th of 15, 45l behind Rocky Stone (11-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Runswick Days (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, beaten 2 out, no extra last, 6th of 11, 13l behind Ryton Runner (11-5) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Feb.
Samtheman 5-1 (11-12) Held up off the pace in last pair, went 4th at 6th, left 3rd 3 out, switched right and went 2nd before last, one pace and no impression flat, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Solway Dornal (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Indigo Island (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Chased leader, challenged winner 4 out, ridden before 2 out, hit last, no extra, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Dark And Dangerous (11-12) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Ballyreesode (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Prominent, took keen hold, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 9, 41l behind Be Bop Boru (11-0) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.