Master Overseer won this last year, just edging out Major Malarkey. He's won a further twice this season but needs to get his own way out in front and is a massive 21lb higher than 12 months ago. Monbeg Dude won the Welsh National in January and was then third in the Grand National Trial at Haydock but he was due to run in yesterday's Cheltenham Gold Cup and will also struggle to confirm Cheltenham running in November with BRADLEY. The latter was never travelling and pulled up at Warwick last time. But the handicapper has given Fergal O'Brien's ex-pointer a real chance at the weights today against the likes of Master Overseer and this is his time of year. Chac Du Cadran won the North Yorkshire Grand National last time and looks a thorough stayer while Big Occasion could go well despite racing from out of the handicap. Fill The Power may prove best of the rest as a big weight will surely anchor Carruthers over this trip and Cool Operator may not be able to cope with the rise in class.
Carruthers 6-1 (10-8) Pressed leader, led 5th, headed 8th, led 11th, headed 13th, led again next, clear 2 out, edged right flat, held on gamely, won at Ffos Las 3m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy in Feb beating Cannington Brook (11-2) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Master Overseer (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Led 2nd, headed when not fluent 8th, led 9th until 10th, led 11th, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Jan beating Desperate Dex (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Silver By Nature 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, soon lost place, mistake 12th, tailed off before 6 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Well Refreshed (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Monbeg Dude (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Towards rear, outpaced before 15th, plugged on from 4 out, never dangerous, 3rd of 14, 19l behind Well Refreshed (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Bradley 11-2 (11-8) Held up, jumped right and bumped 1st, not fluent 8th, driven before 14th, soon beaten, jumped right 15th and pulled up, in a race won by Rigadin De Beauchene (10-3) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan, 13 ran.
Fill The Power (IRE) 85-40 (11-7) Disputed lead until 2nd, chased winner, switched right after 10th, reminder before 12th, driven and dropped to 3rd briefly approaching 4 out, one pace and held when hit last, 2nd of 3, 3 1/2l behind Night Force (10-11) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gd.
Major Malarkey (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Prominent, mistake 10th, led 14th, headed next, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 9, 20l behind Vino Griego (11-3) at Ascot 3m lstd hcp chs (1) sft in Feb.
One In A Milan (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7th until after 8th and again from 10th, dived at 5 out, no impression on winner 2 out, mistake last, 2nd of 4, 31l behind Tour Des Champs (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m nov chs (3) hvy in Feb.
Cool Operator 13-2 (11-5) Held up in touch, led 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Do It For Dalkey (11-12) by 8l, 5 ran.
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 11-2 (10-7) Made all, clear after 2 out, easily, won at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan beating Desperate Dex (10-5) by 8l, 14 ran.
Big Occasion (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, blundered 14th, outpaced 16th, rallied to chase leaders 4 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, driven and stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Emperor's Choice (11-10) at Lingfield 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.
Global Power (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 4 out, every chance when not fluent 2 out, no extra in clear 3rd flat, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Safran De Cotte (10-11) at Chepstow 3m nov chs 0-125 (4) gs in Feb.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, pushed along 12th, weakened 14th, soon behind, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Do It For Dalkey (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft, 10 ran.
Rebeccas Choice (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, went 2nd last, ridden and kept on to lead towards finish, won at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb beating Pettifour (11-5) by 1/2l, 7 ran.