COEUR DE FOU was just caught at Chepstow last month having looked certain to win when clear after the last. Compensation awaits here as Nowurhurlin was a long way behind the first two when third over 2m4f at Newcastle and Peaks Of Fire was well beaten at Market Rasen after winning a muddling race at Sedgefield. Puyol isn't getting any younger and nothing he's done so far over fences suggests he'll be good enough to win this.
Nowurhurlin (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Held up in 4th, went 3rd approaching 4 out, soon no chance with front pair, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 5, 16l behind Riskier (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Coeur De Fou (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Tracked leader until 3rd and again from 5th, led after 2 out, ridden just over 3 lengths clear flat, edged right and slowing up towards finish, caught close home, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Ice 'n' Easy (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Peaks Of Fire (IRE) 15-2 (11-2) Towards rear, jumped slowly and reminder 1st, ridden after 10th, well held after 4 out, 6th of 9, 27l behind Be My Deputy (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Puyol (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division, jumped slowly 2nd, not fluent next, lost place before 7th, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Shalone (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.