Course and distance winner JUMP CITY should be well suited by this drop in trip despite having been far from disgraced over further on four starts this year. He remains on a decent mark for the champion trainer to exploit and gets the nod over Karinga Dancer, who has scope to do better over fences after a satisfactory first season over the larger obstacles. The latter appeared to not quite get home at Cheltenham last time behind Panxtoa and Saint Roque and, like the selection, should benefit from this drop in distance. Quincy Des Pictons is becoming increasingly hard to get right so better each-way options looks to be Dan Breen, still capable of fair form, and the reliable-but-exposed King Edmund.
Karinga Dancer 6-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, closed before 2 out, ridden and unable to quicken before last, stayed on same pace after, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Pantxoa (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) gd in Apr.
Quincy Des Pictons (FR) 14-5fav (10-13) Prominent, not fluent 7th, every chance when not fluent 4 out, lost place after next, weakened, 10th of 12, 15l behind Majala (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Apr.
Dan Breen (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Chased leader, led briefly 3 out, chased winner, ridden and well held approaching 2 out, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Fergall (11-3) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
King Edmund 5-2 (10-13) With leader, ridden to challenge after 3 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Kings Bandit (11-11) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Lidar (FR) 14-1 (10-8) Behind, went 3rd from 5th until 3 out, ridden before 4 out, one pace, 4th of 6, 22l behind Changing The Guard (11-1) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Apr.
Jump City (FR) 7-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, pushed along before 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Hector's Choice (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Drumlang (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, headway chasing leaders over 4f out, pushed along over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 12, 8l behind Knightly Escapade (11-2) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Picaroon 25-1 (10-10) Raced keenly, led 2nd, headed after 5 out, outpaced in 3rd when not fluent next, ridden and rallied to chase winner flat, held near finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Midnight Lira (10-8) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.