Bank awaits going check

Only firm ground may stop Barton Bank and an attempt to relaunch his career in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

David Nicholson, his trainer, reports that the nine-year-old, well beaten at Aintree on his last start, ''seems A1 again".

Another top chaser, Coulton, made a winning return at Wincanton yesterday, beating Amtrak Express, by six lengths.