CUE CARD is an exciting prospect who should take care of these on his first try over timber. The apple of trainer Colin Tizzard's eye, our selection was last seen storming to victory in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, a race that traditionally works out well. While he caused an upset that day there appears no reason to crab the form and, with reports from home suggesting he's schooled well and 2m4f set to suit, he should maintain his unbeaten record. Nicene Creed is highly-regarded and rates the biggest threat to our pick having shown promise in a strong Punchestown bumper before making a winning debut for the yard at Uttoxeter, but giving weight to Cue Card looks a thankless task. Bens Moor and Bottman give Tim Vaughan a strong hand having both won bumpers and they may have a private battle for third.
Captain Chris (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Tracked leader, led 5th, hung right and wide approaching 2 out, headed soon after, driven to lead again last, stayed on well flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f nh nov hdl (2) gd in Apr beating Salden Licht (11-4) by 4l, 9 ran.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 7-4 (11-5) Keen early, led after 2nd to before 4th, led again 6th, headed before 2 out, weakened between last 2, 6th of 8, 39l behind Majestic Mayhem (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Nicene Creed 3-10fav (10-12) Chased leader, led before 2 out, shaken up and clear between last 2, stayed on strongly, useful prospect, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd beating Rash Call (10-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Bens Moor (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Tracked leader, led well over 1f out, in command over 1f out, eased near finish, won at Folkestone 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Mar beating Oscar Papa (11-4) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Bottman (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, steady headway 5f out, effort over 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden out final furlong, won at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr beating Dark Lover (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Castlerock 18-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced after 3 out, chased winner between last 2, stayed on flat, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Mister Stickler (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Cue Card 40-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, headway 6f out, tracked leader going well over 2f out, shaken up to lead over 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar beating Al Ferof (11-5) by 8l, 24 ran.
Dear Sam (GER) 20-1 (11-4) Led after 1f, headed 10f out, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 20, 25l behind Megastar (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Eliades Run (IRE) Turtle Island gelding out of Chancy Gal.
Iona Days (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Raced wide, led, clear when pecked 3 out, joined when brought down 2 out, in a race won by Moonwolf (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 12 ran.
Mind Shower (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Ld til hdd 2out, no ex bef last, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Foynes Island (11-7) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp sft in Jun.