McCoy rides Pendra for the in-form Charlie Longsdon and his mount was a very decent novice hurdler last season, finishing second in a Grade 1 at Sandown in January. But there wasn't much between him and EDUARD on a line through the smart Melodic Rendevouz and Nicky Richards' charge looks a real chasing type. He's already shown a liking for this stiff course so gets the nod. Tour D'Argent was well behind Pendra over hurdles at Cheltenham in March and re-opposes on worse terms while Jet Master unseated his rider over course and distance on his chasing bow earlier this month. My Idea has only managed two places in six chase starts and is likely to find a few of these too good again.
Chestertern 11-2 (11-7) Took keen hold, chased leader, led before 6th, headed next, chased leader until not fluent 4 out, chased leaders, pushed along before 3 out, soon hung right, weakened next, 7th of 9, 13l behind Dragon's Den (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Eduard (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Mostly tracked leader until ridden after 4 out, 4th and beaten 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 8, 26l behind Ubak (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Apr.
Gold Cygnet (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, mistake 5th, soon behind, tailed off 9th, pulled before last, in a race won by Sleep In First (11-4) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Jet Master (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Hampered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Up To Something (11-5) at Carlisle 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gd, 9 ran.
My Idea 4-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway 8th to chase leaders, ridden before 2 out, every chance last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Sendiym (10-10) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Pendra (IRE) 6-1fav (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway on outside after 4 out, short lived effort 2 out, weakened between last 2, hampered last, 17th of 28, 35l behind Medinas (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Mar.
Tour D'Argent (FR) 10-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, hit 8th, some headway when hampered after 5 out, no impression on leaders after, 6th of 14, 21l behind Fairy Rath (10-6) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in May.