A cracking renewal in which TRUCKERS LODGE is taken to gain a deserved win after his fine second in the Welsh National when last seen on the track. Paul Nicholls’ progressive stayer remains unexposed at marathon trips and is only 2 lb higher in the weights now, so can fend off another couple of improvers in Captain Drake, who remains well weighted despite a hike for his impressive Exeter success, and the likeable Christmas In April.
Several to consider in this competitive contest, not least the progressive seven-year-old LOOKS LIKE MURT. He bounced back from a couple of non-completions when second over an inadequate trip at Kelso a fortnight ago, leaving the impression that he is ahead of his mark, and this test will be far more suitable. He is expected to prove himself on a good mark and resume winning ways over a more suitable distance.
Main Fact is sure to be popular having completed a four-timer at Wetherby last time, but DOSTAL PHIL has a more unexposed profile and could offer some value. He proved his mark all wrong after nine months off when justifying favouritism at Fontwell on Boxing Day and, given his record when fresh, he may have been saved for a race like this, and he should be bang there in the finish granted a clear round.