BAY CHERRY has a good record fresh and he can make a winning reappearance. Brian Hughes is riding well and he teams up with this son of Saddlers' Hall, as he did when the horse was second to Leac An Scail at Hexham in April. Palace Merano is an Irish recruit and he was a Punchestown winner when last seen, whilst Jaunty Journey is also considered with the ground in his favour. Nicto De Beauchene is a nice recruit for the yard and is fascinating if ready to roll, Mr Woods has not always convinced at his obstacles, whilst See You There is likely to need the run after his extended absence. Gentle Ranger, Officier De Reserve and Mizen Raven, all making long journeys up north, join Vodka Brook on the list of other interesting contenders.
Gentle Ranger (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) In touch, led 2nd, made rest, hard pressed 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on gamely from next, won at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr beating Minella Four Star (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Officier De Reserve (FR) 20-1 (10-6) Prominent, 3rd halfway, led after 6 out, headed before 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 26, well behind Bluesea Cracker (10-3) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs hvy in Apr.
Heathcliff (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Mid-division, reminders after 4th, pushed along approaching 7th, struggling from next, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Picture This (10-7) at Haydock 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) gd in May, 21 ran.
Mizen Raven (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Mid-division, fell 10th, in a race won by Silmi (9-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep, 15 ran.
Vodka Brook (IRE) 9-4 (11-4) Led early, tracked leaders, hit 14th, soon niggled along, went 2nd approaching 3 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 20l behind Maktu (10-7) at Haydock 3m nov chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Apr.
Echo Point (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Led until mistake 3rd, lost place 7th, behind 12th, pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Soubriquet (10-6) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Sep, 8 ran.
Palace Merano (FR) 25-1 (9-10) Towards rear, some headway into 9th 5 out, went 4th on inner after 2 out, 2nd and challenged at last, led run-in, kept on well, won at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-140 gd in Apr beating Ameretto Son (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 19 ran.
Bay Cherry (IRE) 9-2fav (11-5) Mid-division, headway 8th, ridden after 3 out, stayed on under pressue flat to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Leac An Scail (10-7) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
Jaunty Journey 15-2 (11-12) Chased leader, not fluent 2nd, fell 9th, in a race won by Lavenoak Lad (9-7) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.
Nicto De Beauchene (FR) 13-2 (10-11) Prominent, led 4th until 9th, prominent when blundered badly 11th, led next, made most after, joined 3 out, kept on gamely from next, won at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb beating Le Burf (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Mr Woods 9-2 (11-5) Led and jumped right throughout, stumbled badly and unseated rider 11th, in a race won by Diavoleria (10-5) at Kelso 3m 1f nov chs (4) gf in May, 5 ran.
Huka Lodge (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, fell 4th, in a race won by Himalayan Trail (11-7) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Apr, 16 ran.
Etxalar (FR) 9-2 (10-6) Led, blundered and headed 4th, chased leaders, behind and outpaced 10th, kept on from 3 out, no impression, 4th of 7, 18l behind BallaBriggs (11-2) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Feb.
See You There (IRE) 3-1 (10-10) Chased leader, mistake 10th, weakened 5 out, 4th of 5, well behind Silver Sedge (10-5) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Feb '09.
Minster Shadow 12-1 (11-9) In touch on inner, not fluent 9th, weakened next, tailed off 17th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Omix D'or (10-9) at Perth 3m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Apr, 17 ran.
Daldini 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, weakened approaching 5 out, 6th of 9, 39l behind Drever Route (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Camden George (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 4 out, ridden and lost place 6th, 10th of 12, 33l behind Sotovik (10-7) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-125 (4) gs.