This is a big day for Philip Hobbs and the Withycombe trainer will be hoping that Irish points winner Allthekingshorses, who looks the pick of his three entries in this opener, can get his team off to a winning start. But Paul Nicholls saddles a similar type in ROCKY CREEK, who gets the vote. The five-year-old's victory at Carrigtwohill looks decent form and he is sure to have been well schooled over timber. Lovcen is another interesting convert from the Irish point-to-point scene, while Camas Bridge is sure to improve for the switch to hurdles having been sent off favourite for a Fontwell bumper in February. Briefcase and Grand Vision have already gone close over timber and look the best of those with experience.
Allerton (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Behind, headway to 4th before 4 out, hit 4 out, mistake and weakened next, 4th of 10, 20l behind Theatrical Star (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Allthekingshorses (IRE) Evens (12-0) Rcd 3rd/4th to 5out, 2nd 4out, ld 2out, kow, won at Lingstown 3m ire ptp gd in Mar beating Settledoutofcourt (12-0) by 2l, 16 ran.
Ballyallia Man (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Made all & ran free, 10l adv 5out, red adv bef last, so best, won at Ballynoe 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '10 beating Merry Carthy (12-0) by 2l, 18 ran.
Briefcase (IRE) 5-2 (10-9) Pressed leader, upsides 2 out, driven to narrow lead between last 2, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Blues And Twos (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Camas Bridge 85-40fav (11-3) Held up in rear, headway over 5f out, soon chasing leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 10, 21l behind Destroyer Deployed (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Celtic George 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 5f out, weakened 4f out, 5th of 11, 32l behind Johns Spirit (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Aug.
Grand Vision (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) In touch, mistake 3rd, headway after 6th, chased winner after next, driven and no impression before 3 out, clear 2nd best, 2nd of 11, 5l behind African Broadway (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Howard's Legacy (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, lost 3rd post, 4th of 12, 11l behind Ambion Wood (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Lovcen (GER) 5-2 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 4th 1/2way, led 2out, kow run-in, won at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp gd in Mar beating No Pain No Gain (12-0) by 3l, 12 ran.
Midnight Ash (IRE) Anshan gelding out of Tarqueen.
Quayside Court (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Alw pr, disp bef last, ko best, won at Stradbally 3m ire ptp in May '10 beating Shannon Castle (12-0) by 3l, 16 ran.
Rocky Creek (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Ld/disp early until 3rd from 5th, ld bef 2out & rdn aftr 2out, 3l adv last, sow to go clr flat, won at Carrigtwohill 3m ire ptp sft in Feb beating Rolling Aces (12-0) by 4l, 10 ran.
Roll The Dice (IRE) 11-2 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway before 6th, went 2nd after 3 out and soon outpaced, kept on before last, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Traffic Chaos (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Thisisthearticle (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, ran green and weakened, 9th of 12, 42l behind Hazy Tom (11-0) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Topaze Collonges (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Close up, mistake 1st, tracked leaders, went 2nd after 5th, not fluent 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 40l behind Cape Dutch (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.