David Pipe has had fancied runners in each of the previous three runnings of this conditionals' handicap and, for obvious reasons, would love the saddle the winner. However his four entries this year, I'msingingtheblues, Arab League, Dan Breen and Street Entertainer, all appear to have a bit to find at the weights though the latter has his favoured ground for the first time in a while. Connections of MOLOTOF were toying with the idea of running the five-year-old in one of the more valuable novice events at The Festival but have opted to target this instead. He tries 2m4f for the first time today but is as tough of as old boots and should relish the climb to the finish - Nicky Henderson's charge can defy his big weight and is preferred to stable companion Open Hearted. Changing Times has his first run for Nigel Twiston-Davies and may find the ground too fast but Empire Levant won't mind the going and has more scope than stablemate Like Minded while Rigidity has form in some hot handicaps. Grandads Horse came unstuck against Fingal Bay last time but wasn't beaten far and goes well fresh.
I'msingingtheblues (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace and no impression from next, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 31l behind Riverside Theatre (11-7) at Ascot 2m 5f Grade 1 chs (1) gs in Feb.
Molotof (FR) 2-1 (11-7) Raced widest of all, tracked leading trio, went 2nd 4 out, led narrowly 2 out, strongly pressed when blundered last, driven and stayed on to asssert final 100 yards, won at Ascot 2m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Dec beating Peckhamecho (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Tornado Bob (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, 11th of 19, well behind Grand Vision (10-3) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Empire Levant (USA) 12-1 (10-4) Prominent until before 2 out, 15th of 20, 26l behind Zarkandar (11-1) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Feb.
Attaglance 13-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 3rd after 3 out, led before 2 out, ran on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb beating Kandari (10-12) by 9l, 10 ran.
Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 7-2fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, 9th halfway, 7th 3 out, went 3rd entering straight, ridden and no extra from last, weakened run-in, 6th of 25, 13l behind Jetson (10-9) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Open Hearted 2-1fav (11-7) In touch, headway to lead 3 out, pressed last, pushed out and always holding rival, won at Fakenham 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gs in Feb beating Kuilsriver (11-2) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Pateese (FR) 25-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, soon chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, 12th of 24, 27l behind Paintball (10-7) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs.
Arab League (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Tracked leader, led after 3 out, soon clear, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Dec beating Cantabilly (10-1) by 18l, 10 ran.
Oscar Nominee (IRE) 4-5fav (11-8) Mid-division, driven and headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, ran on to lead approaching last, stayed on well, won at Doncaster 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gd in Feb beating Victor Leudorum (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Rigidity 66-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, hit 1st, ridden after 5th, lost place when hampered 2 out, 8th of 20, 12l behind Zarkandar (11-1) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Feb.
Dan Breen (IRE) 18-1 (10-8) Prominent, mistake 4 out, led, jumped left and mistake 2 out, driven flat, headed close home, 2nd of 12, shd behind Aerial (11-3) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd.
Like Minded 10-11fav (10-11) In touch, tracked leaders 13th, ridden to chase winner 4 out, outpaced by winner 2 out, 2nd of 6, 13l behind Enter Paradise (11-0) at Fakenham 3m beg chase (4) gs in Feb.
Bourne 14-1 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, mistake 3rd, good headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders well before next, led 2 out, in command last, kept on strongly flat, won at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb beating Smad Place (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 18 ran.
Knight Pass (IRE) 28-1 (10-6) Behind, hampered 3rd, weakened and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Son Of Flicka (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd, 28 ran.
Street Entertainer (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Held up in last pair, outpaced 3 out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 34l behind Ranjaan (10-5) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Jan.
Grandads Horse 12-1 (11-7) Prominent on outside, driven and outpaced between last 2, soon lost place, no impression approaching last, 7th of 10, 18l behind Fingal Bay (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Nov.
Make A Track (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden in 11th 2 out, under pressure in 9th entering straight, 5th last, kept on same pace, 5th of 30, 6l behind Citizenship (10-3) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 in Jan.
Ski Sunday 16-1 (11-3) Raced wide, chased leaders, weakened and hit 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, 43l behind Sire De Grugy (11-6) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Bocciani (GER) 9-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2 out, soon hard ridden, headed before last, kept on well, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Big Easy (10-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Changing Times (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Always prominent, led from 6th, went clear after 3 out, stayed on strongly from before last, easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 8Evens16 hvy in Feb beating Shariyan (11-0) by 13l, 9 ran.
Wolf Moon (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, lost place 3rd, under pressure 4 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Chapolimoss (10-9) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Gormanstown Cuckoo 5-2fav (11-11) Held up towards rear, smooth headway after 4 out, challenged on bit last, led soon after, pushed clear flat, readily, won at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct beating Fill The Power (11-2) by 5l, 14 ran.
Art Professor (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Close up, lost place from 4th, tailed off from 3 out, 17th of 24, well behind Paintball (10-7) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs.