COOMBE HILL bids to win this for the second year running and has every chance of doing so. He had almost 20 lengths in hand on Rumbury Grey when winning a Wincanton hunter chase last month, also for the second time, and is clearly back in form. Divine Intavention would be a big danger on his second to Salsify in the Cheltenham Foxhunters' but he's refused since in a point-to-point. Duke Special, Hameldown Tor and Pertemps Heights all arrive off the back of wins between the flags but The General Lee is more interesting as he stays well and came up against a useful sort in Squadron at last month's United Pack meeting.
Coombe Hill 11-4 (12-3) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 5 out, challenged 3 out on bit, led before 2 out, kept on, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) gd in Apr beating How's My Friend (11-9) by 4l, 8 ran.
Divine Intavention (IRE) 11-4 (12-5) Prom til rn out 13, in a race won by Sybarite (12-5) at Worcestershire 3m 2f ptp gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Duke Special (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Ap; led 13; drew clr 3 out, won at Kimblewick 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Fermat (12-0) by 12l, 8 ran.
Hameldown Tor 4-6 (12-3) Jnd ldrs 15; led nxt; ro wl, won at Spooners & West Dartmoor 3m ptp gf in Apr beating Swansbrook (12-7) by 1l, 4 ran.
Pertemps Heights 11-10 (12-0) (cp) ap; led app 2 out; held on reluct flat, won at Tedworth 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Tomstar (12-0) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Rumbury Grey 9-4fav (12-1) Tracked leaders, led before 16th, ridden before 3 out, headed and mistake before 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Coombe Hill (12-3) at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
The General Lee (IRE) 4-5 (11-7) Led to 2; outpcd 3 out; rallied to ld last; hdd nr fin, 2nd of 3, 1/2l behind Squadron (11-7) at United Pack 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Trouble Digger 5-2 (11-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, jumped slowly 7th (water), mistakes 12th and 4 out, weakened after 3 out, fell 2 out, in a race won by Offshore Account (11-9) at Newbury 3m hts chs (6) hvy in Mar, 7 ran.