Sandhurst and Black Beauty should run their races again but we'll opt for LEAC AN SCAIL. Sue Smith's charge has finished third on two of his three starts over fences but is fancied to step up on that form now that he's stepped up in trip. He appears to be versatile with regard to underfoot conditions and has been a relatively consistent performer. Black Beauty has finished runner-up on all three chase starts and is with a yard that should do well with him but it remains to be seen whether this marked step up in trip is the answer. Sandhurst has shown a fair level of form but has been frustrating to follow over a variety of trips; this distance appears to be his optimum and he has every chance. Pacha D'Oudairies finished well held on his chase bow but the winner went on to prove himself to be a fair sort and the experience won't have been lost on the Nicholls runner. He was a useful hurdler who should pay his way in this sphere. Shannon Springs and Raslan are others to bear in mind but Leac An Scail rates the pick.
Black Beauty 12-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway to track leader after 6th, lost place 5 out, ridden and rallied 2 out, stayed on to chase winner flat, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Font (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f beg chase (3) gd.
Elbow Lane (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Disputed distant 4th from 9th, hit 12th and 4 out, left remote 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Seymour Weld (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov stks (2) gd in Apr.
Leac An Scail (IRE) 3-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, challenged when not fluent last, driven and no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Osolomio (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov stks (4) gd in Apr.
Lucky Eric 20-1 (11-3) Raced keenly in rear, headway 9f out, weakened over 5f out, 6th of 8, well behind Queen Poline (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Pacha D'Oudairies (FR) 5-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, led 7th to 11th, ridden after 2 out, weakening when left 2nd last, 2nd of 4, 16l behind Isn't That Lucky (11-0) at Stratford 2m 5f beg chase (4) gs in Mar.
Paul Superstar (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Led, hit 3rd, jumped slowly next, tried to refuse and unseated rider 10th, in a race won by Roby De Cimbre (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov stks (3) gf in Apr, 5 ran.
Raslan 17-2 (11-12) Chasing leaders when fell 7th, in a race won by Sheshali (10-13) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf, 16 ran.
Sandhurst (IRE) 11-8 (11-0) Led to 2nd, chased winner, ridden after 10th, soon outpaced and no impression, 2nd of 3, 12l behind Predateur (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd in Mar.
Shannon Springs (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, headway 5th, 2nd 3 out, soon switched right, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 9l behind Giovanna (11-4) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Tiger Ted 14-1 (12-0) A last pr; to 9, 7th of 13, 49l behind Antonine (12-0) at Bitterley 3m ptp in Apr '07.
Twocute (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Reminders after 2nd, always towards rear, 8th of 17, 36l behind Tarkesar (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hd 0-85 (5) sft in Dec.
Yes Ses Les 200-1 (11-2) Always in rear, not fluent 2nd, well behind 7th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Wooden Spoon (11-12) at Stratford 2m 6f sell hdl (5) gf in Mar, 16 ran.
Corax (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Rr, mstks 1st & 7th, last from 10th, cto 5out, pu next, in a race won by Fizanni (12-0) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp in Oct '06, 19 ran.
Which Alice (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) In rear, went modest 4th when blundered and unseated rider 13th, in a race won by Hills Of Aran (10-11) at Southwell 3m beg chase (4) gd, 9 ran.