Degenerate showed promise in bumpers in 2011 and has won a point-to-point since. LUMPYS GOLD has also won between the flags, however, and won't fail through lack of stamina. Now with Paul Nicholls, he can make a winning start to his career under Rules as Un Ami tries this longer trip for the first time, though has kept good company in the main. Kastani Beach is probably the pick of the remainder as Masters Hill and Wither Yenot will probably prove better over fences in time.
Degenerate (FR) 5-2 (12-0) Held up & bhnd; prog 3 out; kpt on wl flat, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Punter Friendly (11-7) at Dulverton 3m ptp gd in May.
Hare In A Round (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened from over 2f out, 7th of 14, 23l behind Indian Stream (10-4) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Kastani Beach (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Behind, mistake 1st, pushed along halfway, headway 4 out, led after 3 out, soon challenged, headed before last, weakened quickly, eased, 7th of 10, well behind Mystic Appeal (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Lumpys Gold 4-5 (11-7) Hdwy 13; led app last; ro wl, won at Worcestershire 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Romassor (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Masters Hill (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, went left 8th, blundered and lost place 12th, mistake next, soon in rear, tailed off 15th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Our Father (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Native Brian (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, never involved, tailed off, 8th of 11, 48l behind Tijori (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Sava Bridge (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Led until over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, modest 4th, 4th of 7, 28l behind Cloud Brook (10-11) at Bangor 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) sft.
Un Ami (FR) 22-1 (10-4) 7th of 13, 12l behind Sizing France (10-12) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f 5yo chs gs in May.
Wither Yenot (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, niggled along from halfway, 2nd 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Baby Grey (11-9) at Down Royal 2m NH flat gd in May.
Anchoretta Eyre (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Led, mistake 3 out, hard ridden and headed before next, soon lost place, 6th of 8, 28l behind Mini Muck (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft.
Hearditbefore (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Mid-division on outside, lost place 10f out, well beaten final 6f, 13th of 14, 32l behind Take A Bow (11-1) at Chepstow 2m cond NH flat (6) gd.
Lady Oaksey 100-1 (10-6) In rear and keen, unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Kings Palace (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gd, 11 ran.