Anay Turge was just beaten at Kempton after winning at Market Rasen and is in good form. He would have been the selection here on quicker ground but has never won on soft and may struggle to give 11lb to KIRBYS GLEN. The latter has never won away from Taunton but returned in good heart there in March after a break and should be a factor here. Brixen may be the pick of the remainder with McCoy in the saddle, despite finishing tailed off at Towcester last time, as Numide hasn't run over fences since 2009 and the other pair have been absent for a while.
Numide (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, steady headway before 3 out, ridden 2 out, plugged on before last, 4th of 13, 9l behind Enfant De Lune (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Beside The Fire 10-1 (11-10) In touch, lost place 5th, behind from next, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Drumshambo (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Brixen (IRE) 10-3 (11-3) Led until 2nd, chased leaders, led briefly approaching 3 out, chased winner until lost 2nd 2 out, no impression when weakened to 4th before last, tailed off, last of 5, 41l behind Upthemsteps (11-8) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Chase Gate 85-40fav (11-7) Raced in 5th, headway 6th, challenged 13th, led narrowly when fell 3 out, in a race won by I'm The Decider (12-3) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Aug, 5 ran.
Anay Turge (FR) 16-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, went 2nd at last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Moscow Chancer (10-10) at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Kirbys Glen (IRE) 7-2fav (10-3) Held up in rear, smooth headway 4 out, soon tracking leaders, slow 2 out, stayed on to lead after last, hard ridden, all out, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in Mar beating Ready Or Not (11-8) by shd, 8 ran.