Handy Andy should avoid any trouble out in front but is still 8lb higher than when successful at Newbury last December and finished behind Hunters Lodge here in April. Rockshandy and Font both arrive in decent form and won't fail through lack of fitness while Derek O'Connor may get a tune out of ex-hunter Robin Will, though he'll need luck in-running. Oscar Davy is capable of winning over the larger obstacles but, like Our Island, may need this. FREDO ran well here in the spring and has gone well fresh in the past. Sam Waley-Cohen is one of the more experienced amateurs riding in this so Ian Williams' charge is the tentative selection.
Our Island (IRE) 50-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 18th, driven 3 out, no impression with leaders before next, 5th of 16, 22l behind Back In Focus (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gs in Mar.
Handy Andy (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Led until 2nd, led 5th, headed next, challenged 19th, led 20th, headed 4 out, weakened 2 out, 9th of 15, 23l behind Top Dancer (10-8) at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Hunters Lodge (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) In rear, reminders before 5th, tailed off before 9th, 4th of 8, 49l behind Ballybough Gorta (11-9) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Rockshandy (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Prominent, mainly 2nd, 3rd before straight, no impression from before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Minella For Value (11-11) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 gd.
Fredo (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway 4 out, ridden after 3 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Top Dancer (10-8) at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Robin Will (FR) 11-8 (12-6) Held up in 4th, went 3rd approaching 11th, chased winner after 5 out, closed approaching next, staying on when slithered badly on landing and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Vic Venturi (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hts chs (6) hvy in May, 4 ran.
Five Star Wilsham (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Man Of Leisure (11-9) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jul.
Civil Disobedience 9-4 (11-4) Prominent, jumped left 6th, not fluent 10th, every chance 4 out, no impression on winner 2 out, 2nd of 6, 18l behind Faultless Feelings (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m beg chs (4) gd in Sep.
Oscar Davy (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Held up in touch in 5th, ridden aand headway to chase leaders before 5 out, went 2nd 5 out, challenged and every chance when mistake 3 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Sew On Target (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Apr.
Dammam 10-3 (11-7) Led until before 2nd, led 5th, headed before next, in touch, outpaced 20th, stayed on from 3 out, went 3rd last, kept on flat, 3rd of 19, 1 3/4l behind Charles Bruce (11-3) at Cheltenham 4m 1f hts chs (4) gd in May.
Font 14-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, chased leaders next, chased winner last, kept on towards finish, no impression, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Eleazar (11-5) at Fontwell 3m 2f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gd.
The Big Freeze (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Chased leaders, mistakes 16th and 17th, soon weakened, moderate 4th, 4th of 7, 45l behind Dimpsy Time (10-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Chasers Chance (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Towards rear, headway 3 out, one pace in 4th, 4th of 8, 9l behind Eleazar (11-5) at Fontwell 3m 2f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gd.
Epee Celeste (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked winner until 9th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, 44l behind Al Alfa (11-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
River D'or (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Held up mid-division, lost place 9th, 7th of 10, 36l behind Adrenalin Flight (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Watch House (IRE) 4-1fav (11-4) In touch, chased leaders after 5 out, in 4th and staying on when fell next, in a race won by Roc De Guye (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs, 11 ran.