Pendower has done nothing wrong in his two starts for Paul Nicholls, winning a Newton Abbot bumper first time out before taking a maiden hurdle at Newbury last time, but this is tougher and it is hard to get away from RESTLESS HARRY, who looks the one to beat with the main danger rated as Master Of The Hall. Nicky Henderson's gelding has shown decent form in hurdles having won his first two starts in good fashion before being outclassed behind The Minack in the Sidney Banks at Huntingdon. This is a weaker race and the son of Saddlers' Hall looks the most serious rival to the selection. Dai Burchell's Ring For Time won well at Hereford last time but this is tougher and he looks likely to have to settle for a place at best and of more interest may be Scampi Boy. Paul Webber's gelding is lightly raced and open to improvement but he needs to improve to get the better of Restless Harry. Robin Dickin's six-year-old was still there with every chance approaching the last before falling in the Albert Bartlett at the festival and he has solid claims on the evidence of his run there and previous outings.
Master Of The Hall (IRE) 8-13fav (11-7) Not always fluent, close up in last pair, went 3rd 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 5, 15l behind The Minack (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Pendower (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Raced on outside, led approaching 2nd, headed narrowly, still travelling well when not fluent 3 out, led again 2 out, ridden clear flat, ran on well, won at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) sft in Mar beating Ceepeegee (11-1) by 7l, 9 ran.
Restless Harry 8-1 (11-7) Prominent, not fluent early, went 2nd 8th, not fluent 3 out, soon led, headed and close 3rd, under pressure when not much room and fell last, in a race won by Berties Dream (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar, 19 ran.
Scampi Boy (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, headway on inside approaching 7th, led next, ran on well flat, readily, won at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar beating Silver Footnote (11-1) by 5l, 11 ran.
Wham Bang 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, weakened 6th, mistake next, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Shropshirelass (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Ring For Time 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, hit rail on bend approaching 3rd, ridden to challenge after 2 out, came through on inside to lead approaching last, hung left flat, driven out, won at Hereford 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Mar beating Shakalakaboomboom (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.