Last year's winner Little Legend has won three hunter chases and 11 times between the flags but was beaten out of sight at Stratford last month. Rockiteer has won his last two starts at Ludlow and must be a threat to all but EARTH DREAM, who has won over this course and distance, gets the nod having run a cracker in the Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree - that is easily the best recent form. Nowurhurlin won at Ascot in March but was well beaten at Ludlow subsequently and is better over shorter trips.
Little Legend 5-2 (11-13) Sometimes jumped right, led until blundered 4 out, chased winner until next, chased leading pair but no chance, ridden after 2 out, weakened into 4th approaching last, 4th of 7, 48l behind Paint The Clouds (12-0) at Stratford 2m 7f hts chs (6) gd in Apr.
Nowurhurlin (IRE) 2-1fav (11-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 10, 40l behind Foundry Square (12-0) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Rockiteer (IRE) 9-4fav (11-13) Led after 1st, narrowly headed 14th until led again next, came clear 3 out, easily, won at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) gd in Apr beating Foundry Square (11-9) by 5l, 6 ran.
Earth Dream (IRE) 33-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, blundered 13th, in 4th 2 out, one pace, 4th of 21, 26l behind Warne (12-0) at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (2) gd in Apr.
Kriss William (FR) 18-1 (12-0) In tch to 14, 4th of 9, 17l behind Arkendale (12-0) at Southdown & Eridge 3m ptp in Mar.
Master Workman (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Led, blundered 1st, headed 4th, remained prominent, led again3 out, ridden when headed last, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Utopian (11-10) at Fakenham 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gd in Apr.