Karinga Dancer's winning streak came to an end in the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton last month. He's likely to prove popular on his first start over fences but has PRINCELY PLAYER to beat in this. The latter didn't take long to make his mark over the larger obstacles, making all to win a beginners' event at Ludlow recently. Philip Hobbs' charge is taken to shrug off a penalty as he still has plenty in hand on today's terms with Woodbank, a runner-up over track and trip on his latest start. Dreamy George has shown little so far and was tailed off when favourite in a hunter chase at Fakenham back in March.
Princely Player (IRE) 10-11fav (11-2) Made all, soon clear, blundered 4 out, kept on, driven out, won at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Nov beating Cloudy Spirit (10-9) by 6l, 6 ran.
Dreamy George (IRE) 11-10 (12-0) Hdwy 9; led app 2 out; drvn out, won at Cambridge University United Hunt 3m ptp gd beating Galbally King (12-0) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Karinga Dancer 11-4 (11-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced in 5th after 3 out, beaten next, 5th of 6, 11l behind Melodic Rendezvous (11-10) at Wincanton 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Woodbank 11-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway into mid-division, 4th, closed again when hit 9th, chased winner 3 out, no impression, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Off The Ground (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.